On this night
of immense and profound darkness,
the dead visit earth bound souls
that animate bodies
thick with fleshy matter containing
blood, bones, thoughts
that often contradict what's rational.
On this night, the dead play
with the living because they know
about the intangible monster
that lurks in us all.
On this night, ancestral spirits warn us,
by animating ghouls, ghosts, goblins, gore,
that our fear is real,
almost impossible to kill.
(For Poets United.)