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A Halloween Tree (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo

[Author’s Note: Has anyone read Ray Bradbury’s story, The Halloween Tree, or seen the animated film adaptation of it with Leonard Nimoy? I would definitely recommend it, especially the special, since the focus is on how Halloween as a holiday has developed over the centuries.]

Have you seen
the Halloween Tree

where pumpkins hang
in place of leaves

Each one carved
with a different face

 to represent
   a soul displaced

     Which flickers
      inside a new frame

         as a radiant

Every year they accumulate
 on the tree

  until their caretaker
     sets them all free

The Grim Reaper
 to guide everyone

   far into
     distant realms beyond


22 thoughts on “A Halloween Tree (A Poem)

    1. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend either watching or reading The Halloween Tree; each version focuses on exploring aspects of Halloween and its history. And now I kind of want to either find or perhaps create a decorative tree in a similar style for the spooky season. ^_^

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