This Halloween time of year reminds me of when we were kids and could scare ourselves over the smallest things as we played outside.  Of course, I think there might have been a bit of help from my older sister.  The challenge at Real Toads today is to write a poem inspired by the season or a poem form known as Melancholia.  It has a syllable count and rhyme scheme that is completely explained at the Real Toads site.  There you’ll also find more poems written in this style.


walking through the cemetery

glancing towards a dark night sky

through I try

fear runs free scaring me

as I start to cry

I see through darkness of night

a candle shining bright


22 thoughts on “Melancholia

  1. The good, old scare with the sight of security at the end perfect. Personally I find graveyards peaceful…but they are emblematic of fear in our society. You make the form look easy, and you word and cadence fit it so well. One thing, in L3 did you mean ‘though’ rather than ‘through’?

  2. You capture that kind of exciting fear kids have–all fun as long as it’s not real–and the last line fits perfectly with the welcome security of home to a child–and beyond. I don’t find graveyards scary–it’s live people that frighten me. ;_) Happy Halloween to you and your goatly brigade.

  3. Hi Teresa I hope I get my true avatar and not these wriggly funny characters. anyway I shall wait and see. You obviously have a way of changing things. Or does the goat ?

  4. seeing that light is always reassuring…i grew up with a cemetery in the back yard as well so i am fairly comfortable around them but the dead do give a sppok…smiles.

  5. I’m sure I’d find some reason to SCREAM loud if I walked in a cemetery at night. Just spooky places. i wonder if my hubby would be up for a midnight stroll in one with me?? 🙂


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