Almanac Poetry: Jack-o’-lantern


Jack-o’-lantern. (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)






hideous pumpkin,
sinister grinner,
country bumpkin,


all the long year
you’re a sight unseen
until you startle
at Halloween.



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose.


  1. Kevin Densley says

    C’mon, Almanackers!

    Get into the spirit of Halloween, not just an American tradition, of course, but also an important date in the Christian (and earlier pagan) tradition, being All Hallows’/ All Saints’ Day, a time to remember the dead – the saints, martyrs, and the departed.

    One traditional use of the Jack-o’-lantern was to put it on a windowsill to ward off evil spirits.

    Such an interesting phenomenon – it’s hard to be unresponsive, I reckon.

    C’mon! Reactions, please!

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