By Josie Whitehead

Tricks, Treats and Witches Galore

The evening arrived and the wind blew cool.
Children were home from their day at school.
    Out came the pumpkin and the witches’ hats;
    Out came their costumes and the black toy cats.

With masks on their faces, they knocked on doors,
And: 'We’d like some treats,' they all implored.
    The moon threw down beams and the owl did hoot
    And he looked at the children and thought them cute.

Then six tiny bats flew across the night sky
And dark clouds cast shadows from way up on high.
    The children looked up and what did they see?
    Well, I’m sure it is true for it’s what they told me.

In the light of the moon and moving with speed
'Witches on broomsticks,' the children agreed.
      And everyone trembled with a feeling of dread,
      And then hurried back home to the safety of bed.

Copyright on all my poems


These poems are all written by myself and in the last few years (my 'retirement' from teaching).  Children in my local school, whom I visited weekly for one hour voluntarily, as many retired people do, asked me to write poems with rhyme, rhythm and with stories or pictures painted with words.  I remembered the poems of my childhood which had been written in this way and which I loved.  I had never seen a poem written as a sentence spiralling down the page in those days, and so this was how I wrote the poems for the children - in the style which I loved and they did too.  I hope you do too and can recommend them to teachers, parents and children where you live.  Give the children the website address.  They'll love to read the poems again at home for sure, and this is what they asked for.

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