Monday, November 08, 2010

Behind the Masks

All Hallow's Eve
is for those who can believe
in ghosts and ghouls
and celebrate the simple fools
in motley, going from home to home.
Here's one in the guise of a louring giant,
his partner a vicious shambling gnome.

Have a bag of toxic sweets
left over from last year's treats.
or perhaps a tube of super glue,
the one a reward for honest virtue,
the other justice for a miser.

Behind the witch-gnome's visor
the vicar's crabbie wife
chortles at her new and secret life,
whilst grinning like a demented goon
the vicar himself can only just refrain
from howling at the moon.

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