Halloween Haiku, Just for You

by Kassandra Lamb (on behalf of the whole gang)

party logo of New Orleans cemeteryOur own Kirsten Weiss is hosting a Hoodoo Halloween Blog Party this weekend to celebrate the upcoming release of her new book, The Hoodoo Detective. She also suggested we do a haiku post for Halloween, so we decided to make this our contribution to her party.

photo of pumpkins

And since this was Kirsten‘s idea, she gets to go first:

Footfalls crush dried leaves
Pumpkins cast malformed shadows
Gimme candy now.

 

Shannon discovered she was even more mathematically challenged than she’d thought. It’s 5, 7, 5, Shan. She finally nailed it:

Brillant red leaves

(photo by Mckelvcm CC-BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia)

Confetti of gold
Flutters, falls, lands on hard earth
Creates skeletons

 

And from Vinnie:
Closure:
Time of ripe walnuts
my sister’s hope shimmers like
golden aspen leaves.

 

Along similar lines, I chose to contrast the autumns of my years in Maryland with those of my new home in Florida:

red apple hanging from branch
Crisp air, brilliant leaves,
Plucking apples from the trees–
Autumns of my youth.

Black cats and palm trees,
Ghosts and gators and brown leaves–
Southern Hallowed Eve.

And another from the poetic Vinnie:

For Micah:
Like a genie or
sunflower, wispy and bold,
magic, dancing gold.

And if you prefer spooky…

painting of moon in the trees

19th century painting by Stanisław Masłowski

From Kirsten:
Brooding autumn wind
shivers skeletal branches
clawing at the moon.

From Kathy:
Eve of All-Hallows
brings moon-cold fog, wisp-fingered,
circling huddled souls.

*shudders*  That sent a shiver down my spine.  And finally some fun images:

flying witchFrom Vinnie:
Fall:
Crows bombard the street
with walnuts, then strut and pluck
the sweet exposed meat.

From Kathy:
Battered, bruised flyers
need night-vision goggles, or
headlights on broomsticks.

Heroes, ninjas, ghosts:
“Get candy, get candy, get-”
Mission accomplished.

Check out the other posts at ParaYourNormal, then try your hand at your own autumn/Halloween haiku in the comments.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the crew at misterio press!!

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22 thoughts on “Halloween Haiku, Just for You

  1. K.B. Owen

    I love how you sorted the collection, Kass! What fun to read all of the contributions together. Cute pics, too. Kirsten, good luck with your HooDoo Party – I’m sure it will be a blast! Will definitely be stopping by. (Psst, everybody: I already got to read The Hoodoo Detective, and it’s fabulous!).

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Glad you like the layout, Kathy. It was fun putting this together. I’ve read The Hoodoo Detective too, and wholeheartedly agree.

      Kirsten, I think it’s your best one yet!

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Isn’t that one great, Kirsten! I went looking for a picture of one of those witches who’s run into a tree, but couldn’t find one.

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      1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

        Ah, another mathematically-challenged poet! And add me to the list too, because I didn’t catch it. LOL

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Oooh, never thought about it in quite that way before, Eileen. I never particularly wanted to be a vampire, but I guess I’d rather be a vampire than a ghost.

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  2. Jess Witkins

    Here’s more!

    Leaves beneath my foot
    crunch, crunch, crunch beneath my weight
    Sounds of autumn days

    Did you hear that sound?
    Like the breathing of a spook.
    I look behind me.

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