Theme Thursday: “Halloween”

havisham Click pic for Flickr source.




Great Expectations


All Hallow’s Eve, she was naive,
and he had charm.
Doe-eyed and tall, he held in thrall—
proffered his arm.
She walked beside him, like a bride
in wedding gown,
And when he smirked her strings all jerked—
his puppet-clown.

For party night, she looked a fright,

at her own hand.
Mom’s marriage-dress, her hair a mess—
talc through each strand.
The faded rose of drooping hose
and ragged frill,
she looked the part—the broken heart
from Dickens quill.

He wore no rig, to match the gig—
mask set in place.
Drawing her near, he nipped her ear
and licked her face.
As in those tales of ingenues
who meet their fate,
he knew that now the time had come
for his check-mate.

They stole away, shut out the fray
and found a room.
The steel-trap door, an icy floor
she, with her groom.
There Havisham, for swift wham-bam,
gave up the ghost.
Her nuptial gown, rode up and down—
her virtue lost.

Kat Mortensen©2009 Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

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33 thoughts on “Theme Thursday: “Halloween”

  1. What a delicious Halloween tale! I love the references to Dickens and the comparisons with Miss Havisham. The rhythm and rhyme of this is excellent, Kat, and suits the tone of the poem. I love this! I think your work just gets better and better.

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  2. Kat, I LOVE to hear you read! You have such a beautiful voice, and your delivery is wonderful. I love the playfulness in this poem, as well as all of those wonderful details. I really love: “For party night, she looked a fright, at her own hand. Mom’s marriage-dress, her hair a mess— talc through each strand. The faded rose of drooping hose and ragged frill, she looked the part—the broken heart from Dickens quill.”What an awesome Halloween poem!

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  3. Great poem. I found your blasts from the past first and left a comment there a few weeks ago, Kat!I think you're right about our ages, although I am doing my best not to be of the generation Jones…I am torn a bit as in how do I revive my writing career since library jobs are scarce, amongst other things…Have a good weekend.

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  4. Decadent and naughty Kat! It's great to hear you read your work – your verse flows effortlessly – a great poem for Halloween. I really like the reference to Miss Haversham too. The B&W film starring John Mills and Jean Simons is my favourite version of the film. Your best poem yet – I LOVE IT!Jeanne x

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