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    Our summer’s over, winter’s here
    ‘tis time to start another year
    if you go out you must be wary
    but you won’t meet an evil fairy

    instead, as death’s veil waxes thin
    the spirits, with their dev’lish grin,
    will move among us, interfering,
    playing tricks and then fleering

    you’ll find the folk are all hobnobbing
    casting their fate to apple bobbing
    to see who’ll be the year’s first bride
    and whose true love will be denied

    while other’s measure apple peel
    to see how soon the gods will steal
    their lives into the other sídhe
    becoming a wailing banshee.

    tonight we’ll relight our hearth fire
    with help from the high priest of Tara
    to bless our crops that bloom in spring
    as we give praise on this Samhain

    but in two thousand years – who knows
    they’ll celebrate this All Hallows
    by dressing up and having fun -
    not knowing how it all begun.


    Posted By Terence | Oct 24, 2007
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    JolieH JPiC Contributor

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    Nice Terance,
    You captured a true spirit of Halloween. The apple peels and bobbing create a nice mix of culture with end of season/ beginning November celebration. It is a wonder if we will still celebrate in 2000 years, so many people today are against Halloween celebrating. All that candy is bad for the kid’s teeth anyway, but I enjoy the spooky spirit that's built into innocent playtime. The decorations are fun and the costumes give us all a time pretend. Both children and adults have one night a year to dress as monsters, movie stars, rock stars, princess's and princes, anything they can imagine.


    Posted By JolieH | Oct 28, 2007
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    this is amazing and an incredible write. not many poems pull me in like that. quite nice i would say

    zaac


    Posted By zaac | Oct 29, 2007
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    Hi Jolie,

    Thanks for your comments. I used to love getting dressed up for Halloween and now have to leave it for the kids. I'm not such a killjoy that I would ever oppose it and shame on those that do.
    I think you picked up that this poem was written from the viewpoint of 2000 years ago. Legend has it that the Druids celebrated the end of the year, on Oct 31, and the divide between the living and the spirits of the dead was at its weakest. So you can see where today's festivities came from. 2,000 years from now is more like 200 years at today's rate of change and I think there will always be the traditionalists, if not the Wiccans, to continue Halloween. :)

    Terence


    Posted By Terence | Oct 29, 2007
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    Thanks, zaac,
    I'm pleased to see you liked it that much. Means a lot.
    Terence


    Posted By Terence | Oct 29, 2007
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    Terence, I love this poem! It reminds me so much of all my favorite reads, especially anything to do with the Druids, who are such a mystical people...and I love reading about magic and the celebration of Samhaim and although some of it is rooted in evil stuff, they say...I feel that it can also be an innocent time to do something fun with our kids and have them play "dress up" as it were.

    Very, very captivating poetry!!

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    Hi Nomad,

    That was such an interesting part of our history with the science and engineering - Stonehenge, the burial mounds in Ireland, and so on. And of course the superstition but, then, who can fault them for believing in "something out there".

    Thanks for your thoughts, enjoy the celebrations with your kids, Terence


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    A treat to read on Hallow'd Eve :D ... thank-you for sharing.
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    Dear Terence,

    :wow: I must have read this 10 times so far...you have shared an outstanding piece here that is memorable and a classic in my book! Very authentic and the language used was most fitting complimented by a flawless rhyme scheme. This poem is mesmerizing, enchanting and executed beautifully!...I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Going in my favorites now. :thankyou: for sharing this MUST READ!! An excellent rating! :bravothanx:

    PD :)
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    Samhain isn't actually rooted in evil. It was a time to respect the dead, and to send them your regards. It was also the new year, a time to reflect on the lessons of the last year, and to focus on goals for the new.

    The 'evil' that some speak of is more rooted in the fact that the veil would thin, and the spirits of the dead would walk the earth. Most monotheistic cultures find this evil, but truthfully, I dont' understand why. :shrug:


    Posted By Sealiah | Nov 1, 2007
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    Thank you Kim, I am most honoured by your glowing response. Wow, I don't know what to say but Thank You. And I hope you had an enjoyable Halloween.

    Terence


    Posted By Terence | Nov 1, 2007
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    Hi Sealiah, thank you for your response.

    My poem is trying to point out exactly what you say. There ARE a lot of myths and bad press regarding that particular celebration, unfortuantely many of them originating from the Christian churches' attempts to discredit the Druids, witchcraft and their superstitions/practices. I'm not personally a pagan but I do find the whole culture fascinating.

    Terence :)


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    Wow.. o_o You're style of writing is so unique!!! I've read two of your poems so far and i can't compare them to any other poems i've ever read! Awesome job :D


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