It's that scary time of year when you see Christmas decorations out before you had a chance to change your calendar to October. October is one of my favorite months in Arizona. Today it was time to get out the fall decorations.
My presence is bountiful from fall through the end of the year
When I am sure to bring joy and feelings that endear
My favorite holiday is October 31st—better known as Halloween
When my glowing face at night is seen
The hue of my skin suggests a leaf turning color on a fall day
Or a field of poppies around the month of May
My body is heavy, thick and dense in mass.
With a shiny, smooth finish that appears polished in wax
I have deeply ingrained ridges all over my exterior
With an oval round body shaped like a sphere
When you take off my top, I am heavy with a thick, slimy flesh
That is stringy and sticky forming a squashy mesh
This can be mashed with sugar and spice and made into a pie
Or sold at your bakery and is plentiful to buy
My first name is Jack; middle initial O., and a last name of Lantern
Which you call me when my face has been carved into a pattern
I enjoy bringing joy in the autumn of the year
However, I will tell you my greatest demise and fear . . .
When I am smashed and thrown tumbling down the street
By tiny figures in bright colored costumes brimming with trick or treat
It is far, far more suitable and a satisfying feat
To make a warm and savory pie covered in whip cream to eat