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Hexed…

October 31, 2013

Hi Folks,

Here it comes again, Halloween (or All Hallows’ Eve, as it’s also known).  Are you all set for tonight with jack-o’-lanterns to light and treats for those little ghouls, ghosts, monsters and goblins who’ll come knocking at your door?

It’s all good fun but with maybe a chill up the spine when we remember Halloween’s putative pagan roots in the ancient festival of Samhain.  For the ancient Gaels, Samhain (pronounced “Sah-win”) marked the end of the harvest season, when preparations for the coming winter would begin.  On the night of 31st October, the worlds of the living and dead would converge, with the dead rising to cause havoc… or so it was believed.

Here’s a Halloween triolet in which I eschew the usual trappings, preferring the psychological to the supernatural…

 

HEXED

 

Temptress, witch, you live atop the valley;

I know of you not one thing but evil.

Helpless, hexed, I too am drawn to dally.

Temptress, witch, you live atop the valley;

My soiled heart you add to your tally.

Head clasped, I deny the grubbing weevil.

Temptress, witch, you live atop the valley;

I know of you not one thing but evil…

 

Paul Beech

 

Wishing you all a fearfully Happy Halloween!

 

Copyright © Paul Beech

(‘Hexed’ also posted on Linkedin.)

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