There are 41 days left to Halloween and here is a treat from last year to nibble on- just don’t let it nibble you back.
There are no painted pumpkins placed upon the porch
there are no styrofoam tombstones dotting my freshly mowed lawn
no zombies stuffed with shredded plastic are hanging from the trees,
there are no linen ghosts tied to the window screens
Not a single black cat cut out is tacked to my front door
no paper marche devils are sitting on wicker chairs
I have no tin pressed witches on my porch holding bowls of treats
nothing that runs on batteries will cry out Trick or Treat
There is no one home at this House
on this Halloween
unless you count me,
the witches, the zombies, the ghosts,
the devils and demonic cats
who were most certainly not created in a factory by machines.