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Halloween's Mask of Comfort

In a house beside the forest lives a woman and her son

He is scarred by burns and fire – hidden kept from everyone

There is land where he can wander far away from prying eyes,

But he misses friends to play with; all alone he often cries.


That is why he gets excited at the thought of Halloween

He can mix with other children without fear of being seen.

Mother picks the perfect costume that will fit his height and size

Then she adds a mask for comfort – the completion of disguise.


The boy behind the mask wishes every day was Halloween

He'd gladly offer friendship to any child who wasn't mean

But he knows that one day he will be too old for trick or treat

And he prays each morn to see the sunshine on a public street

 
Even though he realizes his wish may never be fulfilled

For he'd have to learn to avoid stares and let confidence build

After reading the sad tale of Frankenstein, he sheds a tear

As he can relate to Frankenstein and sees him as a peer

 
And so he keeps reading stories of people judged by their looks

His greatest fear is what will happen when he runs out of books


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This is a collaboration between Paul Callus & Carolyn Devonshire

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 4/21/2017 10:32:00 PM
You have so many wonderful poems to read Paul. and I will probably take a while to go through them. I opted for your best poems list to start with, and this one just blew me away. I felt so much for this little boy, and the sadness and loneliness that he must feel for the rest of the year. I particularly like your strong ending. A 7++ and a Fav
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Paul Callus
Date: 4/22/2017 5:34:00 PM
I am so pleased you liked this poem, Maria. It's written in collaboration with Carolyn; we often find ourselves on the same wavelength! Thank you for your support and the high rating which includes the fave:) Regards // paul
Date: 2/29/2016 10:42:00 PM
This was a really neat story. It's endearing and unique, and I thought it captivating how you twisted it around where kids often wear ghoulish masks and costumes to scare people ... while for this little boy it's his excuse to be out in public. It sorta brings to mind about the boy who complained that he didn't have any shoes ... until he met the boy that didn't have any feet. Excellent ending couplet.
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Paul Callus
Date: 3/1/2016 11:30:00 AM
Thank you Timothy....you read the poem with a great sense of 'observation'. I only wrote the first two stanzas; Carolyn did the rest. She has been off Soup for a few months, but I'm hoping that she will be back; we have some more co-writes ready for posting, one of them recently written. ~ Regards // paul
Date: 5/15/2015 2:56:00 PM
sad but beautiful write
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Paul Callus
Date: 5/15/2015 4:48:00 PM
Thank you, Debbie. Have a nice weekend. // paul
Date: 5/13/2015 12:47:00 PM
You are the second poet I have put on my favorite poets list. Your rhyming doesn't lose the touch of the poem, and instead adds to it. Super delightful to read your work. Happy seven for me.
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Paul Callus
Date: 5/13/2015 2:39:00 PM
Thank you for finding my work to your liking, Trenton; also I appreciate you putting my name in your fav poet list. All the best. // paul
Date: 4/12/2015 9:58:00 PM
I truly enjoyed this one Paul. It's kind of a funny thing: Somewhere around the second stanza I had mental images of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Elephant Man, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. And then by the 4th stanza you draw a parallel between those very same types of fictional archetypes! Well done sir
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Paul Callus
Date: 5/3/2015 2:10:00 PM
I like your insightful comments, Ronald! Glad that you enjoyed. All the best. // paul
Date: 4/11/2015 8:41:00 PM
I made a video representing this poem visually, check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XjFAoWg6Po
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Date: 11/11/2014 1:32:00 AM
I would add this wonderful poem to my favorites list, but it is already there! I'm happy to see that it placed high in Diane's contest. Congratulations to you both on a well deserved win!
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Paul Callus
Date: 11/11/2014 11:34:00 AM
Thank you Kelly...you are kind and supportive!! With some people it's fun to co-write....and you're one of them:) hugs // paul
Date: 11/10/2014 7:23:00 AM
Congratulations, Paul, for this beautiful piece with a great story. Yes, masks, can be comforting, but behind that mask is a soul wanting acceptance.
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Paul Callus
Date: 11/10/2014 7:52:00 AM
Thank you Hija, especially for the insightful read. Have a nice day. // paul
Date: 11/10/2014 7:04:00 AM
Sorry about the late announcement of the winners. However while I thought this a wonderfully worded piece of poetry, I was hoping for more originality, though your last line did ride in on a white stallion and save the day (how's that for clichéd?). Beautiful write, keep up the collaborations.
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Paul Callus
Date: 11/10/2014 8:03:00 AM
Thank you Scott; working with Carolyn is always an enjoyable experience! // paul
Date: 11/9/2014 5:11:00 PM
Oh wow, a sad story...you two make a great team..congrats. BG
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Date: 11/10/2014 8:01:00 AM
Thank you Barbara; so glad you enjoyed. Have a nice day. // paul
Date: 11/9/2014 4:27:00 PM
many congrats on your place in Scotts contest - such a wonderful collaboration makes me emotional reading it again:-( hugs jan xx
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Date: 11/9/2014 4:56:00 PM
Thank you for the lovely wishes, Jan, and for coming back for another read. hugs // paul
Date: 11/6/2014 12:09:00 PM
- A little late ..... But, I will congratulate you with a 2nd place Paul and Carolyn - a great winning poems! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Paul Callus
Date: 11/7/2014 8:20:00 AM
Thank you Anne Lise....time does not count:) Your visit and wishes are much appreciated! Take care and have a lovely weekend. /x/ paul
Date: 11/5/2014 7:18:00 AM
Congrats! Wonderful write Paul and Carolyn!
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Paul Callus
Date: 11/5/2014 4:11:00 PM
Thank you Casarah! I believe that you and Tim finished on the same podium as us:) // paul
Date: 11/4/2014 7:22:00 PM
Congrats Carolyn and Paul
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Paul Callus
Date: 11/5/2014 4:12:00 PM
Thank you Tim! Both you and Casarah finished on the same podium as us:) // paul
Date: 11/4/2014 6:53:00 PM
I could just see that poor child and how happy that he must of felt on Halloween. Great story with a beautiful message. Congratulations to the both of you.
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Paul Callus
Date: 11/5/2014 4:14:00 PM
Hi Brenda; thank you for stopping by with congrats and I'm pleased that you enjoyed our co-write. Take care. // paul
Date: 11/4/2014 1:24:00 PM
Dropping back with my congrats Carolyn and Paul:-) Hugs Jan xx
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 11/4/2014 2:01:00 PM
Don't rub it in Paul ... I am sitting here with a jumper and a blanket!!!! :-( Hugs Jan xx
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Paul Callus
Date: 11/4/2014 1:42:00 PM
Thank you Jan; I see you're back home, enjoying the warmth of the house while outside the cold makes its presence felt! At this time, you would have been in Times Square:) hugs // paul
Date: 11/4/2014 1:18:00 PM
So deserving of a win. Your poem is very moving and it's a totally different take on the contest theme. Congratulations!
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Paul Callus
Date: 11/4/2014 2:10:00 PM
Many thanks Diane; very pleased to be on your winners' list. Looking forward to your next contest:) // paul
Date: 9/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
Just thanking poets for their kind comments on our co-write, Paul. Writing with you is a joy! We seem to be in sync with our poetic styles.
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Paul Callus
Date: 9/6/2014 2:54:00 PM
Thank you Carolyn! Writing with you comes easy, apart from the fact that it is a pleasure! The positive response to our write has surpassed my expectations, and augers well for our message in receiving greater awareness. hugs. // paul
Date: 8/24/2014 11:50:00 AM
This is actually a very significant topic... We have a chapter in school about a person coming to terms with a similar tragedy... Hope someday such kids would be able to walk with their heads held high..,
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Paul Callus
Date: 8/24/2014 1:55:00 PM
Yes, it is a significant topic and I am glad that students are being made aware of similar life-problems. Already physically impaired people have made giant strides forward; it is hoped that other fields will gain success, too. // paul
Date: 8/20/2014 6:07:00 PM
You both did an awesome job , hello Paul :)
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Paul Callus
Date: 8/23/2014 3:21:00 PM
Hi Debbie...so lovely to see you stopping by; missed you; still on the look out for new posts of yours, but so far with no success;) Hope you had a nice weekend. Thank you for the positive comment....from us both. // paul
Date: 8/19/2014 6:11:00 PM
You and my sweet friend Carolyn did an original and fantastic job with this poem..It really captures my soul to see the hidden beauty of a person..Not to judge the book by the cover..Yes the more We mature ,the more we can appreciate true beauty for what it is and not for what it represents..Going to my favs
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Paul Callus
Date: 8/23/2014 3:26:00 PM
Thank you for the insightful comments and the fav, Charm:) Your continued support and encouragement are very much appreciated. Both Carolyn and I found it easy collaborating on this poem and we are pleased with the end result. Hope you had a lovely weekend. // paul
Date: 8/19/2014 4:21:00 PM
when he runs out of books, I will give him cable tv. IF he is like me, he will be so busy trying to watch all the shows, he will never keep up. Seriously, though, this is GREAT!! And your theme is so thoughtful.
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Paul Callus
Date: 8/23/2014 3:41:00 PM
Thank you Andrea, Carolyn is easy to work with and always knows where she's heading for. [all I watch on cable nowadays is sport; don't seem to have much time left for anything else!] // paul
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 8/21/2014 4:35:00 PM
Paul deserves credit for the theme. It is such a pleasure writing with him!
Date: 8/17/2014 7:52:00 AM
I am greatly moved by this piece Paul. I believe this is one of the best poems I have read in a while. I am impressed by this collaboration, you should both be proud,
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Paul Callus
Date: 8/23/2014 4:28:00 PM
These of yours are very encouraging comments, Richard. I am sure Carolyn shares my same sentiments. Thank you for another welcome visit! // paul
Date: 8/16/2014 4:48:00 PM
wow, what a tender, thoughtful piece you two - love it
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Paul Callus
Date: 8/23/2014 4:39:00 PM
Glad you do love it, Jack! lovely comments:) // paul
Date: 8/15/2014 9:52:00 PM
Really like this and a great last line.
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Paul Callus
Date: 8/23/2014 4:53:00 PM
Thank you for stopping by Kurdt; hope to be seeing you around often while you go about 'sipping' soup:) // paul
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