a poem by Nicole Zelniker
I was Dorothy:
checked dress blue and white
with a Toto in a woven basket
soon to be coated with candy.
Children are out there in sheets
and fanged monster makes,
pounding neighborhood doors,
grabbing fistfuls from pumpkin-shaped baskets.
Older kids, girls in too-tight mini-skirts
and boys in T-shirts
too cool to dress up as teens,
creep from the shadows, the most frightening.
I hated Halloween.
Too many neighbors to talk to
and too much candy to eat
and I’m too tired to do anything about it.
I beg my mother to take us
to the haunted house.
it’s the only part I love:
Slinking along the walls, waiting;
The high school kids
pretending to be a ghost or a zombie.
I ran, horrified and amazed
and told my friends later that I wasn’t scared at all.
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