Halloween by the Sea

Halloween by the sea–
foam decomposing,
fingernail seashells,
a spiderweb of waves,
monster horseshoe crabs;
the beach is a science lab.

Halloween by the sea–
specter seagulls squawk
their shadows haunt the shoreline
as vampiric flies descend
in search of carrion
or sunburned, salty friends.

Halloween by the sea–
flatline fish on lines,
a tombstone tide,
hearse when high,
carries skeleton shells
for their final, clattering ride.

Halloween by the sea–
jack-o’lantern dunes,
apricot beer in hand.
What trick-or-treats,
each shovelful
of mystery sand.


My photograph from Halloween at Cape Henlopen Park.

Ingrid’s challenged us this evening to write a poem using only concrete nouns, subject matter and imagery. So, I fashioned this verse about my Halloween weekend by the sea. It’s difficult to be concrete all the time, but I think even my haunted imagery counts. Join us for tonight’s Poetics: Concrete or Abstract?

44 Comments

  1. Ingrid

    I love the idea of Halloween by the Sea, I did experience this once (in Costa del Sol) but I was too tired to go out! My favourite stanza is this:

    Halloween by the sea–
    flatline fish on lines,
    a tombstone tide,
    hearse when high,
    carries skeleton shells
    for their final, clattering ride.

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  2. hedgewitch

    I know I am reading a solid poem(if you’ll excuse the pun)when after the first few lines I am smiling out of pure pleasure to have found it. I love the way you have built not just images, but a world here, one that has its own peculiar/familiar denizens, its own secrets, and its own rules. I could quote it all back to you, but I especially loved the lines that end each stanza–short, biting and expressive. What a pleasure this morning to read.

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