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Photo finish Friday: “Ode from a deliquescing pumpkin

Ode from a deliquescing pumpkin

Ode from a deliquescing pumpkin

I was once a pumpkin:
Now I am a mess.
The party night is over
And I wait to deliquesce.

The treats have been handed out
Some to children too bold
Who think that a cigarette
Is not a sign you’re too old.

They came in hoards and cars
As if the end of time was near
From close by and far way
Some with the scent of beer.

I was once orange and in my prime
Round and succulent to behold.
But now I deliquesce
As I grow a little mold.

I will not make Thanksgiving
Which I hear is a special holiday
Where pumpkins become pie
And make taste buds say, “Yay!”

I hope you will remember me
As I slump into the earth.
Don’t think of me as too scary
But with a little mirth.

And next year at this time
Decorate one of my kin
And the season of the spooks
Can once again begin.

–by David E. Booker

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Halloween: “Say what?!”

Jesus Harvest Seeds

Jesus Harvest Seeds

Holiday madness is upon us.

Somebody must have thought this was a good idea. I don’t think so. Candy corn is now Jesus Harvest Seeds, at least if you buy them in this package. “Scripture on every individual packet!” I wonder if one of them is “Jesus wept.”

Maybe the second shortest verse in the modern Bible should be “Jesus has sold.” Or, “Jesus has been sold.”

Jesus and "Harvest Seeds."

Jesus and “Harvest Seeds.”

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Photo finish Friday: “House about it?”

Boo to you, too.

Boo to you, too.

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cARtOONSdAY: “pOEM tREAT”

If Willard liked how the trick-or-treater was dressed, he would give the goblin two poems.

If Willard liked how the trick-or-treater was dressed, he would give the goblin two poems.

Roses are read; /

Violets are blue. /

Candy is sweet, /

but this poem is, too.

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Saturday: “Halloween Round-up”

Santa and a "demented" little Red Riding Hood.

Santa and a “demented” little Red Riding Hood.

This post is not writing related. For the small number of loyal reader who stop by, I hope you will indulge me. Halloween in my historic neighborhood in Knoxville, TN, has evolved into an event where literally hundreds of children (and would-be children) show up for trick or treat on Halloween in night. For example, in 2013, between 6:15 and 8:15 PM, 283 tricksters showed up. This year, 2014, between approximately 5:45 PM and 8:45 PM, 300 tricksters (young and not-so-young). Roughly the same, though this year there was some rain, gusty wind at times, and a stronger dip in temperatures than last year, all of which may have discouraged some.

As a side note, a fellow in an adjoining historic neighborhood complained that as the weather turned colder and rain and wind picked up, he had parents come to collect for their kids who stayed in the cars. I saw one or two examples of that, but mostly I saw kids and adults with umbrellas making the best of it.

Regardless, as you can see, that is quite a few tricksters who came to Old North Knoxville. I dressed as Santa Claus and handed out candy, while my wife and daughter went trick-or-treating with some friends. I surprised a few young tricksters when I would open the sidelight window next to our front door and stick my head out. Some were rendered speechless. A few asked if I was real, to which I replied, “I’m as real as you.” Two or three wanted to touch my white-gloved hand or my beard. A few older, more “seasoned” kids started into their Christmas wish list, including one young lady who wanted both an iPad and an iPhone among the items on her list. I just don’t know if she has been good enough to receive both or even one. She looked a little naughty to me. Then, again, I guess Halloween was the night for a little naughtiness.

Santa Claus and the Pink Unicorn Lady. Nothing says Halloween quite like a woman in pink with a horn on her head.

Santa Claus and the Pink Unicorn Lady. Nothing says Halloween quite like a woman in pink with a horn on her head.

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Photo finish Friday: “‘All’ Hallows’ Eve”

And then a hand reached up and took it ALL. Happy Halloween!

And then a hand reached up and took it ALL.
Happy Halloween!

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Wicked”

Goblins gather near /

storm the porch as conjurers /

plundering delights.

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