Kevin G Hare

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Halloween Haibun

Mischief makers hit the streets

Midnight plunder for treasured sweets

Masks to hide their fear of dark

Moods of trouble tradition sparks


Long transformed from lighted gourd

Chasing spirits with will and sword

When the witching hour would begin

The Christian church marked as sin


Now, coloured characters of varied size

Hoot and holler and terrorize

Spirits themselves both evil and good

Dance in the streets of your neighbourhood


They run amok in commercial bliss

They yell and howl and sneer and hiss

A teeming mixture of joy and fright

The clowns and ghouls of Halloween night


Leafless trees swaying

Shed their colour to the ground

Haunt the passersby