Now They Call It Halloween

31Oct04
Now they call it Halloween
It is a fun time
They dress in costume
Children beg
“trick or treat!”
To get little bits of candy.

But so much of
What they call Halloween
came from so long ago
When the human race
was still somewhat new.

Then, the years were different
Measured by harvests and plantings
They were less active
When it was cold
Dormant like the Earth itself
The year ends before this dormant time.

Before the Lord of Death comes
To enforce its law on the Earth
They feast in celebration
Of the beginning of the new year.

They revel in the fields
Set the fires
That burn deep into the night
Burning the remains of the crops
After the harvest
Before the Lord of Death takes comes

Halloween, 1994. Wow…that was a long time ago! I havent read it in years, and I am surprised that it is so good, and so much like something I would write now.
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