Editor's Choice: John Daleiden, US




from the October 2008 Haiku Thread


No Don't Be's All Just For Fun!


Halloweeen! Once a year many people in the world celebrate this international holiday. Traditions that have developed include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, participating in haunted attractions, carving jack-o'-lanterns, reading scary stories, and watching horror movies.

The origins of Halloween are in the the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain which was celebrated at the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. The celebration was a time when the Celtic people took stock of supplies and slaughtered livestock for winter stores. These festivals frequently involved bonfires, costumes and masks worn to placate evil spirits.

To celebrate Halloween at Sketchbook, haiku writers were invited to write haiku for the monthly thread using 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.  Eighteen poets from ten countries submitted eighty haiku. You can read them all on the October Haiku Thread.

Below are just thirteen haiku that captured my attention:


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

# 32. Jacek Margolak, PL

shadows of
a witch's hat

# 03. Gillena Cox, TT


a ghoulish grinó
candle light streams
from a pumpkin face

# 37. John Daleiden, US


piercing eyes
in the darkness

# 33. Keith A. Simmonds, TT
haunted house
a scent of roses and clove

# 77. Catherine J. S. Lee

ghosts and goblins
on moonlit wallsó
shadow dancing

# 05. Karen O'Leary, US


a flurry of bats
across the gibbous moon
evening hush

# 73. Catherine J.S. Lee

a spider's shadow
obscures the moon

# 10. Jacek Margolak, PL


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

# 47. Vasile Moldovan, RO
her satin skin
the jack-o'-lantern flickers...
flickers... goes out

# 81. Rafal Zabratynski, PL

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

# 16. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Halloween moon
my little Witch
closes her eyes

# 04. Jacek Margolak, PL

...and so we all went home and put away our costumes.  Well...not quite yet...

Of course, since I am just a tad bit superstitious, I can not end with thirteen haiku, even though viewed in a more favorable light, thirteen can be called a baker's dozen!  Oh, no.  I really can not just pass up these senryu which in some way appeal to my bizarre sense of humor.

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

# 06. Terry Steudlein, US


crossing full moon
on a broom
my x-wife

# 02. Ed Baker, US


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

# 48. Alan Summers, UK


a $40 pumpkin
on the front porch

# 20. Ed Baker, US it is time for me to put away my wizard hat until next year. And like Tom Bodett, 'We'll leave the light on for ya' just to keep all those mean critters from lurking around your dark door.

And oh, just in case you have not already done so, Read ALL the October Haiku Thread.









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