A Halloween Poem

I first saw this little poem attached to a Jack-o-lantern on a teacher’s desk. I loved it!

I can’t remember what I did yesterday, but I’ve remembered this poem for forty-five years.

THE STRANGER IN THE PUMPKIN

THE STRANGER IN THE PUMPKIN SAID:

“IT’S ALL DARK INSIDE YOUR HEAD.

DON’T YOU KNOW THAT HEADS SHOULD SHINE

FROM DEEP INSIDE THEMSELVES LIKE MINE?

DON’T JUST SIT THERE IN A POUT

WITH THAT DARK DOME STICKING OUT.

IT MAKES ME SICK TO LOOK AT IT.

GO OUT AND GET YOUR CANDLE LIT!”

by John Ciardi

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