Monday, November 1, 2010

Whose Halloween Is It Anyway?


Many a night
when I try hard to sleep,

Howling dogs
prey on my hidden insecurities....
Hooting owls
send me eerie messages
of forthcoming misfortune....
Blind bats
rush past me
to feed on the blood of god forsaken creatures...

During the day
when I feel free as a lark
scary scarecrows in green fields
stare at me smugly....
Black cats
send shivers down my spine
as they circle around me and mew mockingly....

Day and Night -
I am caught in the tentacles of time.
Each trying to wickedly overtake the other,
playing a dangerous game
of fun and fear
drowning all my arrogant assumptions
of my supposedly dominating presence.

Making me wonder..
Whose Halloween is it anyway?
Mine or Theirs?

37 comments:

me_duress said...

Ours!
mew mockingly....

Hope said...

awesome! Love your take on halloween indeed. Great question. and yes, you are right. It certainly makes one wonder sometimes. Creepy! :)

thank you

Shashi said...

Dear Shail

Very interesting one and I liked the images of your dilemma and fears in the night as well as in the day. The ending took me by surprise though... you put in lot of thought in those last three lines... thanks for sharing...

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Jingle said...

you have combined your personal feelings into this piece,
super cute and deep....

fabulous image,
well done!
Happy Belated Halloween,
Happy November,
you rock...

xx

fiveloaf said...

great question- yours or theirs haha!

Sumit Sarkar said...

10/10..
I loved reading this poem...
Thank you for sharing.. :)

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Me_duress. Glad you liked the poem with its imagery.
Hope to see you around here...

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Hope. Yeah, creepy is the word. We celebrate Halloween not knowing that spirits and all those images we use to scare the world in our celebration are actually being used on us....

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Shashi. Nice that you liked the poem. Yes, such little fears plague a lot of people. Just put it into words to form a poem...

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Hi Jingle,

Thanks for the lovely appreciation.

Happy November to you too.
We will keep meeting for sure!!

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Five Loaf. Nice that you enjoyed this Halloween poem!

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Sumit. Great that you loved the poem....

Eric Alder said...

It will always be their Halloween until you take ownership of it.

Nice Potluck entry, Shail!

Kristen Haskell said...

Nice job, very enjoyable poem. Kristen

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Eric. I think the same too - it will definitely be their Halloween while we presume it is ours!!

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Kristen. Nice that you liked the poem...

Reflections said...

I like the humor in this, however, light... mew mockingly... yet some very deep questions broached here. Nice write.

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Reflections. That was the only way I could express Halloween in my life...

Jingle Poetry said...

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Thanks a lot for the support.
Happy November!
Your presence adds light to our space, keep shining!
xxx

sharplittlepencil said...

Shail, love the shivers and the smiles. Reminds me of a poster I saw in a church once:

Santa on one side,
Jesus on the other.

Tag line: Whose birthday is it, anyway?

Peace, Amy Barlow Liberatore

Olivia said...

LOLsss

Shail Dear.. this is so sweet and cute.. Like I say I happen to be Diana, the queen of wiccan or princess maybe..!! So, Halloween happens to be my fest.. LOLsss

Very well crafted- fun to read..
Loads of Love
xox

H said...

Nicely written. The question you pose is a bit of a tease :)

Judie said...

I has to be ours unless we give them the power.

Jenny said...

What a unique and fascinating take on Halloween.

I really enjoyed reading this post. Your power with words is really impressive.

My stops here for Alphabe-Thursday are always amazing.

Thank you for linking.

A+

Splendid Little Stars said...

so clever and fun!

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

so clever and fun!

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Nice job, very enjoyable poem. Kristen

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Hi Jingle,

Thanks for the lovely appreciation.

Happy November to you too.
We will keep meeting for sure!!

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Me_duress. Glad you liked the poem with its imagery.
Hope to see you around here...

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

you have combined your personal feelings into this piece,
super cute and deep....

fabulous image,
well done!
Happy Belated Halloween,
Happy November,
you rock...

xx

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Ours!
mew mockingly....

Morning said...

cute, vivid, and creepy, 

love your entry, Glad to see you in.

:)

The Orange Tree said...

very entertaining.

Morning said...

http://gooseberrygoespoetic.blogspot.com/2011/11/poem-of-week-halloween-special.html
hello, your entry is picked as poem of the week at our place, make a comment to thank Uma if you can, bless you, keep it up.

A.Hari said...

Good one. I liked these lines very much.
"drowning all my arrogant assumptions
of my supposedly dominating presence."

Beyniaz said...

I am caught in the tentacles of time...liked these lines a lot.

Shernazwadia said...

I loved the poem Shail, and am not surprised it has been honored as the poem of the week...you are good at all you do...