At Halloween, you wax poeticon roaming packs of kids frenetictrick or treating, gorging chocolate,razor blades be damned. You walkedand ran and roamed the streets,bands of ghouls on tireless feet,laughing, shrieking, no cell phoneso no one told you to come home.
Now you watch your kids. No daring,urging them to please be caring.Don’t slip & fall! Please & thank-youno matter what those people gave you,thanks for pencils, teensy toys--act like you are overjoyed.Be polite, please, and be safe.On sidewalks, parents congregate
Hovering over progeny,protecting them from everything.Meet your neighbors on Halloween!Friendly chatter, then never seenagain until this time next year.You’ll re-introduce then, never fear.Retreat into your house again,reflect on childhood now, and then.
For Fireblossom's Friday/slash/Halloween prompt. This doggerel is my first offering for 30 Poems in November to benefit Center for New Americans in Northampton, Massachusetts. The poems can only get better from here! Please consider sponsoring this ridiculous yet noble activity at any amount. Thank you, dear Readers!