October 2008 "cat(s), witche(s), jack-0-lantern(s), shadow(s)" Haiku Thread



Announcing October 2008 Haiku Thread

The theme of the monthly haiku thread will be any of the following: cat(s), witche(s), jack-0-lantern(s), shadow(s); or any images that convey the sense of "halloween" and / or Samhain. Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: "October 2008" haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Tuesday, October 28, 2008.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at "October 2008" Haiku Thread.
The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Friday, October 31, 2008 Sketchbook.

Read the October 31, 2008 Editor's Choices:  Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden


The following poets have contributed to the "October 2008" Haiku Thread

Poets: Ed Baker, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Iga Gala-Miemus, IL; Betty Kaplan, US; Pépin Laterre, FR; Catherine J. S. Lee; Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Terry Steudlein, US; Alan Summers, UK; Rafal Zabratynski, PL


Countries: Canada, France, India, Israel, Poland, Romania, Trinidad, United States, United Kingdom



red eyes
piercing the darkness...
a black cat

# 01. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

crossing full moon
on a broom
my x-wife

# 02. Ed Baker, US

shadows of
a witch's hat

# 03. Gillena Cox, TT

Halloween moon
my little Witch
closes her eyes

# 04. Jacek Margolak, PL

ghosts and goblins
on moonlit walls—
shadow dancing

# 05. Karen O'Leary, US

mother-in-law's face
on the biggest pumpkin
harvest moon

# 06. Terry Steudlein, US

shadows on the wall
pumpkin on the window-sill
kiss-kiss kiss-kiss kiss

# 07. Ed Baker, US

the black cat jumps
chasing the butterfly—
falls empty handed

# 08. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

after the night
in the jack-o-lantern
wingless moths

# 09. Jacek Margolak, PL

a spider's shadow
obscures the moon

# 10. Jacek Margolak, PL

all a-glow
two heads
dingle, dingle

# 11. Ed Baker, US

deep in the night...
eerie sounds
of ugly witches

# 12. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


# 13. Ed Baker, US

a shudder
runs through the party:
dark shadows

# 14. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

the black cat jumps
chasing the butterfly—
falls empty handed

# 15. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

masked revellers
at the midnight hour...
witches' ball

# 16. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

from the jack-o-lantern
a sizzling

# 17. Jacek Margolak, PL

turn off all the lights
eat entire bag of Snickers
write another stupid poem

# 18. Ed Baker, US

shadow of an embodied
being is a corrupt thing;
revealed by light

# 19. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

a $40 pumpkin
on the front porch

# 20. Ed Baker, US

a monster
designed for Halloween:

# 21. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

soft rain—
my cat chases
a wool ball

# 22. Jacek Margolak, PL

unnamed grave
a stone angel's shadow
and a few leaves

# 23. Jacek Margolak, PL

The man swerved
failing to cross his own shadow—
into the gulf.

# 24. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

young children
scampering from the door:
witches' laughter

# 25. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

shadows of a frameless
shapeless reality;

# 26. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

an old cat sleeps
on my son's lap

# 27. Jacek Margolak, PL

cloudy night—
the only star
on a witch's wand

# 28. Jacek Margolak, PL

black shadows

# 29. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

gnarled fingers
fill a gunnysack with dry leaves
a strawman twists in the wind

# 30. Trish Shields, CA

ominous shrieks
in the still of night...
witches chanting

# 31. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Halloween sunset...
a witch's hat rolls down
a driveway

# 32. Jacek Margolak, PL

piercing eyes
in the darkness

# 33. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

drink from me
live forever
vampires roam!

# 34. Betty Kaplan, US

owls screeching
cats miauling...
trick or treat

# 35. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

a gravestone standing on
the Halloween cake

# 36. Betty Kaplan, US

a ghoulish grin—
candle light streams
from a pumpkin face

# 37. John Daleiden, US

moon shine
candle shadows do not fade
in the wind

# 38. Iga Gala-Miemus, IL

small hours—
a pregnant tabby cold-noses me
at the lonely taxi rank

# 39. Alan Summers, UK

ex-witch girlfriend
I talk her through nightmares
our first year together

# 40. Alan Summers, UK

gonna bake
a pumpkin pie with a heart
in the middle

# 41. Betty Kaplan, US

shop window
a black cat licks itself around
an Old Possum’s Book

# 42. Alan Summers, UK

The dog and cat
mewing to each other...
Declaration of love?

# 43. Vasile Moldovan, RO

late drinking bar—
the security guy's warm arm
round dracula’s throat

# 44. Alan Summers, UK

Not the shadow of a ghost...
only a back spider
rebuilding its web

# 45. Vasile Moldovan, RO

noodle bar
a wolf's moon swings
to a side street breeze

# 46. Alan Summers, UK

All of a sudden
the night silence burst to bits—
cats in love

# 47. Vasile Moldovan, RO

re-lacing the shoe
mud from yesterday's grave site
on his sole

# 48. Alan Summers, UK

Divine Service—
the shadow of a candle
trembling through the icons

# 49. Vasile Moldovan, RO

old curiosity shop—
the dolls lounging in chairs
absorb the late sun

# 50. Alan Summers, UK

Dog's Day—
the shadow of a lily water
take a bath too

# 51. Vasile Moldovan, RO

under the elm tree
in the pale moonlight
sits a witch

# 52. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

A shadow
carrying another shadow—
the schoolyard

# 53. Vasile Moldovan, RO

two broomsticks
flying in the air:
witches' fantasy

# 54. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

a fly is moving after
the shadow of my pen

# 55. Vasile Moldovan, RO

a pumpkin
with hollow eyes...
deep shadows

# 56. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Heat scorching
the butterfly shadow enters
in a tree shadow

# 57. Vasile Moldovan, RO

lightning flashing
thunder rolling
a hut in shadows

# 58. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

# 59.

two dark shadows
dancing wildly
under a willow tree

# 60. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

her satin skin
the jack-o'-lantern flickers...
flickers... goes out

# 81. Rafal Zabratynski, PL

a black witch
flying on her broom:
loud shrieks

# 62. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Mirror pond,
shadows of fallen leaves
among the stones

# 63. Magdalena Dale, RO

a cat's eyes
slicing the darkness...
shrill sounds

# 64. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

# 65.


tom cat silhouette
shadows bewitching shadows
startled pumpkin grin

# 66. Pépin Laterre, FR

Shades and silence
over the unquiet sea
gull’s fly

# 67. Magdalena Dale, RO

autumn sunset
the pumpkin tabby stalks
a crow's shadow

# 68. Catherine J. S. Lee

Waiting for you…
a glimmering light
and its shadow

# 69. Magdalena Dale, RO

midnight mass:
witches chanting
walking in circles

# 70. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

# 71.

a costumed ball
of the wandering dead
trick or treat

# 72. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

a flurry of bats
across the gibbous moon
evening hush

# 73. Catherine J.S. Lee

a night of chaos
with ghosts galore

# 74. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

a night alone . . .
tap-tap of wind-tossed branches
on the wall

# 75. Catherine J. S. Lee

a pumpkin face
with glistening teeth
deep in the dark

# 76. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

haunted house
a scent of roses and clove

# 77. Catherine J. S. Lee

greedy vampires
counting their victims
in the night shadows

# 78. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

the whoosh
of a barn owl's wings
scurrying feet

# 79. Catherine J. S. Lee

her satin skin
the jack-o'-lantern flickers...
flickers... goes out

# 81. Rafal Zabratynski, PL

a black cat slithers
into shadow

# 81. Catherine J. S. Lee


Read the October 31, 2008 Editor's Choices:  Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden




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