Writer's Workshop


by Lisa Conger

Halloween night

lifts the veil,

thin as smoke,

between life and death,

in a manner we mock

with disguise

and masquerades.

In efforts to scare ourselves,

we make fun

of that which terrifies us--

exaggerating the monstrous

with giant spiders and hanging bats

as decoration.

We equate death

with darkness

and counter it

with jaunty jack-o’-lanterns.

In these strange

and dangerous times,

I’d rather be with a mask,

then without one.

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