Our jack o’lanterns last year

Ted Kooser’s weekly email column American Life in Poetry is my favorite way of getting a dose of poetry. Not only does his taste agree with mine, but I love his little snippets of insight about his selections. Here’s what he wrote in last week’s Column 396:

“I’m not alone in noticing how time accelerates as we grow older, and as the seasons grow ever more brief the holidays are gone in a wink. This poem by Nancy Price about
Halloween catches a little of that. She’s an Iowan whose poems are so heartfelt, clear and useful that we could run them every week and none of you would complain.”

PS from me: Nancy Price is also an accomplished novelist; her most famous book is probably Sleeping with the Enemy, made into a feature film starring Julia Roberts. But here, for today, is her Halloween-themed poem, featured on American Life in Poetry:

Trick or Treat

The ghost is a torn sheet,

the skeleton’s suit came from a rack in a store

the witch is flameproof, but who knows

what dark streets they have taken here?

Brother Death, here is a candy bar.

For the lady wearing the hat from Salem: gum.

And a penny for each eye, Lost Soul.

They fade away with their heavy sacks.

Thanks! I yell just in time.

                                   Thanks for another year!