"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Thursday, September 29, 2011


the timid waver
it is the night of the bold
shadows walk the night

halloween adorns
the moon with a rusty scarf
tied with orange ribbon

jack-o-lanterns smile
their candle grins on doorsteps
welcoming goblins

witches lips chant
their spells on the harvest wind
dread shivering limbs

ghosts rattle their chains
macabre music
symphony of bones

midnight approaches
the pinnacle of haunting
fear inhales a breath

©Susie Clevenger 2011
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poetry-diary.com said...

Frightening! Especially the middle bit.

Grace said...

I feel the Halloween is just around the corner. Lovely haiku set.

Also wanted to thank you for your visits to my blog for the past days.

Judith Westerfield said...

"Fear inhales a breath" - PERFECT last sentence! Perfect!

And It's been so nice to receive your comments on my blog - thank you!

Mama Zen said...

I love this! I'm just getting in the mood for Halloween.

andy sewina said...

Wonderful stuff!

Happy last day!!

Ramesh Sood said...

Beautiful...Challenge to our own creativity has just begun.. best is yet to be..Thanks for all the Support..

Noble said...

all geared up for Halloween :D

Noble said...

all geared up for Halloween :D

Nanka said...

Looks like a ghouls gala!!....and the picture is so perfect too!! :) (wicked laugh Suzi) you have set the tone now ;) Nothing much done here except in some pockets of the city!! Love the fun things people do!!

Hope to see you soon at Haiku Heights every week on Saturdays!!

mjshorts said...

A great set of scary haiku Susie.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'm sharing this one with my son, whose birthday is on Halloween!

This poet’s choice here and here

brokenpenwriter said...

Wonderful images here; I was caught in the spell of your words, especially the goose-pimpley excitement you inspire. Fear inhales a breath was one of those lines that makes all other poets stop, stare, heave a great sigh and admit, "I wish I'd thought of that line." Nice haiku!

Ron. said...

What a way to close out the month! Marvelous. I've enjoyed reading you, and greatly appreciate the many kind words you've left for me over at the egss as well.

peace to you, SC.


beccagivens said...

Fall festivities are definitely in the air ... and you have created a great way for us to enter into the activities of October. Thank you for sharing a month of Haiku ~~

ShonEjai said...

Beautifully written. It got better with each line!

JaLpArI - tHe MeRmAiD said...

i really liked the way you described halloween.... it's not so much of an 'item' in india....
all i know bout it is thru hollywood movies....;p

Uneven Stephen said...

Very cool. I especially like the opening and closing haikus. Happy Halloween!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Perfect for the day - and a grand synthesis of visual and words.

anthonynorth said...

Perfect write for Halloween.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Reading this was a great start to Hallowe'en! Good one!

Altonian said...

Yep! That'll do it. Or as Shakespeare said: "Now 'tis the very witching time of night, when graveyards yawn, and Hell itself breathes out contagion on this world."

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Great Halloween poem, Susie. I like it!


Jinksy said...

I've had lots of children on my doorstep, but no goblins, I'm glad to say!

Fireblossom said...

(i'm timid. i waver as i read this!)

Morning said...

what I truly like about Halloween is that ghosts are all human in disguise, not real.

after seeing those bloody faces, not much fears left to think about.

of course, midnight haunting imagery is scary, as they are captured here.

Happy Halloween.
Thanks for the cheers.

vivinfrance said...

Good'n creepy.

Ginny Brannan said...

Loved this little series of poems, each one good by itself, but perfect when grouped together. Nicely done, Susie!

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