halloweenies – October 31


little tigers, dinosaurses,

ballerinas, and princes of yore;

butterflies and dragon feelers

spidermen and turtle lords;


batmen, batgirls,


and wonder women

but barely a goblin or

a devil galore.


perhaps they’ve learned

the mighty lesson

the one that matters

when we all grow old


that we tend to

become what we

play at playing

that we tend to become

the masks

we’ve worn.


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