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Halloween's Headless Horseman

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Halloween's Headless Horseman

One Halloween night when I was five
Rain pelted city streets, we stayed inside

Dad lit the Jack-o-lantern candle
Told us the tale of a famous vandal

One “Headless Horseman” in Sleepy Hollow
‘Twas Ichabod Crane he chose to follow

Crane ran breathlessly, was terrorized
(At this point my father’s eyes looked wild)

Thundering behind him through the forest
The hooves of a horse and a rider headless

Carrying a sword to strike Ichabod
(Dad grabbed a spatula, swung it like a rod)

Not just we children but our mother too
Gasped at the thought of Ichabod pursued

High winds cut off our electrical power
As in our kitchen three children cowered

Orange light from the pumpkin’s evil eyes
Showed Dad seemed to have dematerialized

The youngest, I felt something run through my hair
I screamed aloud in horror and despair

The lit pumpkin fell from table to floor
Darkness as I ran through the kitchen door

Leaping into bed, pulling up the sheets
Dad snuck into my room, whispered, “Trick or treat”

So if you think I am a drama queen
Please realize that it’s all in my genes

*For Russell's contest.  By Carolyn Devonshire.  (My Dad was quite the storyteller!)

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  1. Date: 11/21/2010 1:19:00 PM
    Fabulous Carolyn if my lights were off I'ld been scared to.Congrats on a great win,Your PS friend Teresa/Theoklapoet

  1. Date: 11/21/2010 4:47:00 AM
    Just wonderful Carolyn. Many congratulations for this big win dear friend.

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 8:58:00 PM
    thrilled for you on a big win for this contest, carolyn!! an awesome write!! :) warmest, nette

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 8:53:00 PM
    In your genes or not, it certainly is a wonderful tale of memories that you will keep forever, Carolyn. Congrats on the win. Dan C

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 5:03:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 3:30:00 PM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 1:04:00 PM
    Your Dad sounds like he made such fun out of such Halloween shinanigans!! What a cute poem!! Congratulations, Carolyn!

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 1:03:00 PM
    How nice that your dad took the time to take part in your memories in such a lively way.Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/29/2010 4:04:00 AM
    once again an excellent peace thank you duncan

  1. Date: 10/28/2010 4:41:00 PM
    Sounded like a fun time Carolyn. I remember my beloved grandmother one halloween, who slipped out of the house in the dark night. She had dressed up in some sort of demonic garb, slipping around the house, she knocked on the front door. I was about 5 years old as was my friend. I remember it took me awhile to get over the fright, even after I realized it was my Granny. Lol. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 10/27/2010 8:45:00 AM
    Hey Carolyn, How's my Sis? Thnx for the comments on my writes. You know they're always appreciated..Hope your doing well. x Jimmy

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 9:04:00 AM
    Your pen has moved us to read the story almost spell bound. Great write my friend showing the depths of your writing skills. This very clearly reflects in this fun write. My good wishes for the contest entry. I have placed a new Folk song of India hope you would like it. Love and best wishes ....Ravindra...Carolyn Deveoshire

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 3:13:00 AM
    Yes, dear Carolyn, telling stories must be in your genes (same with me as even my great-great grandfather was a writer too and so was my grandfaters brother)! Enjoyed the read of your Halloween-story! You must be successful with this entry!...Love, Gert

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 12:23:00 AM
    Great Fun Poetry! 'Sleepy Hollow." One of my favorites as a kid. Your Parents seem like they were fun>

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 1:09:00 PM
    Terrific account of your Halloweens as a little girl Carolyn. What wonderful times you must have had. Good luck in the contest >> James ;)

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 11:50:00 AM
    This is great Carolyn. You had me mesmerised and your dad sounds a fun person.What great memories to pass on.I think they made a film of Sleepy Hollow but couldn't say what it was about.Seem to suffer from long and short term memory these days.Recall however it was spoooky! Love and laughter June

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 10:31:00 AM
    Super enjoyed reading this one, Carolyn! And you sure got your dad's storytelling genes :) wonderful spookiness you've put in here-- really enjoyed how you made this about telling the halloween story and not just about the headless horseman story itself-- great entry for the contest! -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 9:49:00 PM
    You scared me to death,and that evil pumpkin,lets chop it and make it soup. :).This is a great entry my sweet sweet friend,and the drama queen :)brought me a smile. .tmfs!Cuchi.

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 12:19:00 PM
    Thank you for your last comment... ; )

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 9:32:00 AM
    LOL This is really a great poem, Carolyn. Good luck in the contest! Your dad sounds like a fun my granddad was. I enjoyed reading this very much. I was nice talking to you today, too. I'm going to try to get on the soup and comment more next week, after I winterize my plants by putting them in the "soon-to-be" Garden room." Have a great weekend, my friend. Lovingly, Dane Ann