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Watching the Child Parade

Shrub leaves lie curled in the dormant yard;
Trees shiver in their nakedness
As a crisp autumn wind exhales
Into the barren night sky.

On the corner of Walnut and Maple,
The Old Crowder House fights for breath--
Creaking and moaning with age and neglect;
Too decrepit to shelter life beyond a few strays.

There in the cupola she sits
In the long forgotten platform rocker,
Watching the child parade with eager longing
As they wander from house to house.

Will one look up to give her a smile?
Will they even notice her there in her chair
Rocking, as she has done for a lifetime or two
Mourning the loss of her own?

She hears a child's cry echo through the night
And notices a boy clinging to his mother.
Does he see me? Will I finally be released?
Alas, it's just the cats and startled birds.

And so she sits. Waiting and Rocking;
Rocking and Waiting for that magic night,
When the hallow spirits sing and dance
Under a barren sky as the cool winds exhale,

And the marchers of the child parade
Finally, look up and notice the wraith
Longing for a child's smile,
As they pass on their way to the next treat.

Jsc 
October 17, 2004

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Date: 11/1/2015 10:54:00 AM
Jaycee, Congratulations on your Halloween win in Kelly's contest. SKAT
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Jaycee Cervenka
Date: 11/2/2015 8:14:00 AM
Skat, Thanks for always stopping by with your warm wishes! ~Jan
Date: 10/30/2015 11:39:00 PM
Congratulations! Felt like I was there...
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Date: 11/2/2015 8:14:00 AM
Thank you Susan!
Date: 10/30/2015 3:49:00 PM
A Halloween poem from the ghost's viewpoint. A good read. Congratulations on your no. 1.
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Date: 11/2/2015 8:13:00 AM
Joyce. Thank you so much for the comment, I'm glad you enjoyed the read.
Date: 10/30/2015 1:56:00 PM
Jaycee, Congrats one your first place win with this wonderful write. I enjoyed the read. ~ Caryl
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Date: 11/2/2015 8:12:00 AM
Caryl, Thank you so much and I'm glad you enjoyed this one!
Date: 10/30/2015 12:53:00 PM
An excellent poem that tells us anyone can still enjoy Halloween even if they're unable to participate in it... I enjoyed your poem, Jaycee and the unique perspective it was written from! Congratulations on a first place win!
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Date: 11/2/2015 8:11:00 AM
Kelly, Thank you so much for the honor of a first place award in your contest! Jan
Date: 10/14/2015 8:54:00 AM
whenever there is a great loss....all the pain can be tossed....by just watching the Beautiful innocence of a child....how can that not inspire all of us to smile....;)
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Jaycee Cervenka
Date: 10/14/2015 12:04:00 PM
Children the biggest joy and the biggest sorrow.
Date: 10/9/2015 11:16:00 AM
kind of spooky. With a little imagination the old woman becomes a phantom who would scare the kids. Also this could be me at age 86. Love it. Love, daver
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Jaycee Cervenka
Date: 10/10/2015 1:24:00 AM
Ha! I bet your not waiting for your eighties too try scaring kiss on Halloween. Glad you enjoyed Daver. Jan
Date: 10/8/2015 11:01:00 PM
this makes a great treat for this month. LINDA
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Jaycee Cervenka
Date: 10/13/2015 10:07:00 AM
I may come up with something new, but I love this older piece as a view of Halloween.
Date: 10/8/2015 7:30:00 AM
The flow of your noble write depicted imagery that brought to the readers sense the beauty within your excellent write, this make it to met with their like and love. an enjoyable piece ...........A.M.
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Date: 10/8/2015 10:52:00 PM
Thank you so much for stopping by to read.