Halloween Haunts (Draft 2)

Don’t Die On Halloween

Wishing you Happy Halloween though
I am afraid to lose you to the Angel of Death.

I hope all the spirits are benign or
at least gentle in their games. The night
can be a grand costume for the stars
that twinkle with love and some spirits
in the dark are angels so bright to protect
beyond the flashlights we brought to look for monsters.

But this day
I don’t want you to die
even if your ghost would not scare me.

Oh God, let you stay in the flesh
because you have never made me
afraid to love you,
to touch you, and the moon
was never scary at all. Oh no

didn’t we laugh at it
and howl with such joy

that we could be feral
running everywhere that
the moon shines forever.

— Douglas Gilbert