Snapthought: Pumpkins

Halloween pumpkins

pumpkins glow as sundrops
pumpkinswaiting for a face
to be placed
forever upon their skin
will it be a crooked grin
or howling mouth
with eyes wide open
to look at the world
with pointed teeth bared
or a permanent smile
which will glow more
which will show more
of the candle within

Halloween pumpkins

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31 thoughts on “Snapthought: Pumpkins

    • hahah – thank you – I just don’t think of myself as a writer of real poetry. It is a fun way to play with words though. Happy Halloween – I hope that spider doesn’t get you!

  1. Great poem! It reminded me that we have yet to buy any pumpkins. Guess when the kids get older they lose interest. Then again, I’m okay with that… šŸ˜‰

    • We haven’t gotten pumpkins yet either. I just went up to people’s houses to quickly take pictures of their pumpkins. šŸ™‚ The funnest part is handing out the candy (and possibly hiding some away for yourself)! Hope you have a happy one!

      • Thanks!

        We live on a busy street with lots of traffic and no sidewalks. We’ve lived in our home for over 11 years and have yet to have one single trick-or-treater. Makes me a little sad. šŸ˜¦

      • We’re on a busy street too and don’t get many either. It is too bad because seeing the kids is the best part. I guess they go to malls or stores now too or maybe we’re just scaring them all away. šŸ™‚

  2. We’ve got our pumpkins and other colorful squash, but we don’t carve them anymore. I think they look nicer “au naturel.” šŸ™‚ Of course, if we’d had children, there would be more carving! Lovely poem, but like you, I don’t consider myself a poet and so call mine “attempted poetry.” šŸ˜‰

    • They do look nice just glowing like that. We used to carve or sometimes paint them, but haven’t lately probably for the same reason. We haven’t even gotten pumpkins yet – I just walked up to these houses, took pictures, and hoped no one would call the police on me. Hope you have a happy Halloween!

  3. After reading that, I am inspired to make a pie. My kids favourite was always Pumpkin. Yet, with them so far away, perhaps not. But I did enjoy the poem and the memories. Merci!

    • A pumpkin pie would be the perfect thing during this autumn weather. I love the spices but a cup of spiced tea is probably easier to make. Thank you – I hope you enjoy the festivals!

  4. Sheila, you ARE a writer of real poetry! Your poems and writings always leave a picture in my mind or something for me to ponder. Not to mention, you’re no slouch as a photographer either…

    • It is nice when they glow like that. I should probably go check and see what they look like after the hurricane. Hopefully they didn’t turn into squash already. Happy Halloween!

  5. Wonderful poem and pictures. I was going to ask if those were of your place, but then I read your reply to Carrie.

    I love Halloween, it’s my favorite holiday. So, I can’t imagine not having harvesty decorations up and all around my house. Hubs doesn’t get into it like I do, so I have to compromise with him, but he can’t say Boo about how I decorate my study! šŸ˜‰

    I threw a Halloween party for my kids on Saturday (such fun with 20 kids!!), and I’m glad we got it in before Sandy comes and wrecks everything. They already rescheduled trick or treat for next Saturday night. This will be 2 years in a row that trick or treat has been rescheduled. Remember our snow/ice storm last year???

    • Halloween is my favorite too. It’s too bad it has to keep getting postponed. That’s great that you had (and survived) a party with 20 kids! It must have been fun seeing all the costumes. I remember that snow/ice storm! It turned everything into a skating rink so that was really too much of an obstacle for the trick or treaters. I hope Sandy wasn’t too disasterous for you and that you have a fun Halloween!

    • Thanks so much Judy! That’s really nice of you to say. I’ve got to get out there and get more pictures at some point before it gets to be winter around here. šŸ™‚

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