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Local Gems Halloween Chapbook

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Halloween Challenge

13 Poems
By
Jake Cosmos Aller

note: these poems were written as part of the Local Gems Halloween Chapbook competition and have been selected for publication.

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Index

Day One October 19, 2020 Contemplating The Falling Leaves Of Autumn
Day 2 October 2020 Nightmares Scenes From A Hellish Nightmare
Day 3 October 21, 2020 Maid Laird Strikes Again Tanka (Halloween Challenge Day 3)
Day 4 October 22, 20202 Ghost Poem Corona Ghosts March On WH Demanding Justice
Day 5, October 23, 2020 Ekphrastic Challenge The Grim Reaper Comes For Us
Day 6 October 24, 2020 Pumpkin Patch Great Pumpkin Rises Again
Day 7 October 25., 2020 Haunted House The Haunted House At The End Of The World
Day 8 October 26, 2020– The Door Slammed Loudly I Was Home Alone
Day 9 October 27, 2020 Dark Prophecy-Fascism Comes To America – Halloween Challenge Day 9
Day 10, October 28, 2020 My Mother’s Secrets Conversation With A Ghost -Halloween Contest Day 10 Spooky Conversation
Day 11, October 29, 2020 Costume Halloween Party From Hell
Day 12 October 30, 2020 Halloween Costume Party
Day 13, October 31, 2020 Trick or Treating In The Era Of Covid

Day One October 19, 2020
Contemplating the Falling Leaves of Autumn

 

Walking the path
In the forest near my house
Every day I see the changing colors
Of the fall season

Always a time for reflection
For contemplation
Thinking about the past
And the future

As I contemplate each step
The vivid colors of the fall
a forecast of the coming winter
peaking about my birthday
contemplation of life

and the path I have taken
looking at the love of my life
fills me joy and laughter
dispelling the moodiness
of the fall season

Day 2 October 2020 Nightmares
Scenes from a Hellish Nightmare

 

Note: From a real nightmare End Note

I am in a room
Drinking at a party
And smoking weed
Drinking up a storm
20 drinks too sober
Watching people all around me

Change into hideous creatures
Monsters from the deepest depths of hell
Everyone in the room
Has been transformed except me

The Chief of them all
Wears a Trumpian mask
Complete with orange hair
Half-human half pig

His deputy
Wears the face of Putin
But his body
Half-human, half-horse,

The other creatures wear masks
Many of them wear
Green Pepe the alt-right
Symbolic frog masks

And have T-shirts
Bearing alt right slogans
And Nazi symbols

And as they prance about
They chant alt. Right slogans
And neo-Nazi chants
Jews will not replace us

And the rest of these creatures
Are hideous ugly beasts
Apes, cannibals, demons, dwarfs,
Goblins, leprechauns, Imps, monsters, orcs,
Pirates, satyrs, werewolves, Zombies,

With only a vestige of humanity left
And these monsters are engaged
In all sorts of foul evil deeds

Murder violence death
All around ,
And non-stop
violent drug-fueled orgies

As these creatures
Half-human, half-monsters,
Half-male, half-female creatures

Snort coke, cocaine, speed
Drop acid, Smoke weed
drink vodka shots
Scotch, bourbon, beer

The Trumpian Pig leads the charge
Starts engaging in sodomy with Putin
Who chases after people
Cutting off their heads with his sword

They turn on to their fellow creatures
Raping and killing each other
and eating their fellow creatures
All night long

Then they attack me
Screaming
Jews will not replace us

And I wake up
Screaming
As the sun comes up
Just another nightmare

Day 3 October 21, 2020
Maid Laird Strikes Again Tanka (Halloween Challenge Day 3)

 

walking the Scottish Moors
Sam encounters the mad laird
The mad laird haunting
Stalking the lone hikers
Killing them cut off their heads

Day 4 October 22, 20202 Ghost Poem Corona Ghosts March on WH Demanding Justice

 

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The corona ghosts meet up in Limbo
One million corona ghosts
From all over the world

The corona ghosts are angry
Their voices not heard
Just echoes in the wind

They decide to manifest themselves
To haunt the WH, the congress
The state capitols
The world capitols
In a one day massive
Corona ghost protest

The corona ghosts swarm the WH
Overwhelming the secret service
Demanding to meet the president

He came out
Met with them

General Corona appeared
And the President
Joined the Corona ghosts

In the end
Just another Corona ghost

Day 5, October – 23, 2020 Ekphrastic Challenge
The Grim Reaper comes for us

 

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Sam Adams knew that his time was up
He knew for he had a forewarning

In his dream, he saw the Grim reaper
Waiting for him
Along highway 666

Beckoning him to join him
On the back of his cursed Harley
To ride down the highway to hell

Sam got up
Got his will updated
Looked at his wife
One last time

Prayed to the gods
All of them
To send him to the other place

Rather that the hell
That the grim reaper
Had promised him

There was a knock on the door
A telegram had arrived

It said
Your appointment for judgment
Is today

You may end up in the other place
Be prepared and be afraid
Your ride arrives at midnight

At midnight
The grim reaper
Dressed in black leather
Arrived on his cursed Harley

Said your ride awaits
Fortunate one

We are going to limbo
Where you will wait
With the others
To hear your fate

And away they went
Down the celestial highway
Bypassing highway 666
Exiting in limbo

He walked into a huge hallway
Thousands of people milling around

He looked up at the signs
Welcome to Limbo
No talking
No smoking
No phone usage – no reception anyway

Wait your turn
For your judgment date
The hour is late
But you will learn your fate
On this your cosmic judgment date

His number is called
He walks up
The angel bureaucrat
Dressed in a Mr. Smith black suit
Holds a hand-held computer

His life flashes on the screen
65 years condensed
Into a one minute video

An amber light flashes
The bureaucrat reads the judgment

Mr. Sam Adams
You are given five more years
Get your act together

Do good deeds
When you come back
You will face one last judgment

He walks outside
A taxi awaits
Takes him home

He wakes up
Drinks coffee with his wife
And the day resumes

Day 6 October 24, 2020 Pumpkin Patch –
Great Pumpkin Rising again

 

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Lonely Linus sits in his pumpkin patch
With snoopy his faithful delusional dog
Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

An annual ritual
Only Linus knows
That the Great Pumpkin exists

No one else knows
No one else cares
Linus prepares for another night

Then the great pumpkin arises
A ghostly spirit
Comes out of the moonlight

Who dare calls me
The great pumpkin demands
Who is ready to die?

It is I, Linus, your biggest supporter
Tell me oh Great Pumpkin
What is your wish?

The great pumpkin growls
Tell your folks to vote
Time for the orange man to meet his doom

The great pumpkin laughs
His visage appears
On the TV networks

The great pumpkin demands
President Trump
Time to meet your maker

And dispatches General Corona
To finish the job
Linus is given his heart’s desires

To become a great man
Lord of all he surveys
With Snoopy by his side

The great pumpkin smiles
Giving a ride to Linus who rides into the future ,
On the back of the great pumpkin

Day 7 October 25., 2020 Haunted House
The Haunted House at the End of the World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is an old long-abandoned ruined house
On the edge of a forest in the hills,
About an hour out of the town of Medford
Overlooking the Rogue River valley

The house was once a mansion
But over time it became semi-ruined
The old man who lived there
Became a hermit seldom going out

No one really knew him
He kept to himself

Then one day
General corona came for a visit
The old man became nothing
But another corona ghost

The house continued standing looking out
On the hill overlooking the valley
Now filled with corona ghosts
As General Corona wiped out,
The entire valley of all humanity

Day 8 October 26, 2020– The Door Slammed Loudly I Was Home Alone

I was all alone
Watching the morning news
Filled with omens, Dangerous thoughts, Nightmarish reality, A thousand people a day dying, Fires burning, Storms churning, Black lives dying, Protestors clashing
Election day looming, End of the world feelings

The door slammed loudly
I yell out

Who’s there

Nothing but corona ghosts
Crying in the wind

Day 9 October 27, 2020 Dark Prophecy-Fascism Comes to America – Halloween Challenge Day 9

 

Back in 2016 when I was traveling
Across the country with my wife
I had a series of darkly prophetic dreams
I dreamt that Donald Trump would be elected
And usher in a slide towards fascism

And unfortunately, I was right
So, what are my dreams telling me now
What are my prophetic nightmares
Will they come true again?

I dream that Donald Trump was anointed
By the Supreme Court which ruled
That given the potential for fraud
All mail in ballots would be tossed aside
And Donald Trump who had lost the popular vote
Once again won in the electoral college

He vowed retribution against his enemies
The fake media and the millions of people
Who dared to vote against him

He called upon his supporters
To go forth and rough up
Fuck up as he put it
Liberals and anti-Americans

Declared martial law
Protests would be illegal
The military would enforce the decree
And they did sending troops across the land

Declared that the democratic party
Was anti-American
And he would not allow them
To serve in Congress, or the Senate

The SC refused to rule against him
Thus fascism came to America

And my dark prophecy came true

Day 10, October 28, 2020 My Mother’s Secrets Conversation With A Ghost -Halloween Contest Day 10 Spooky Conversation

My mother died in 2007
We buried her in Berkeley
Near her house

Whenever I am in the area
I drop by
And talk with her
Imaging she is there

One day when I dropped by
I asked her about
Many things in her past
For she took so many secrets
With her to her grave

So Mary, quite contrary
Tell me the truth now
Tell me about your past life
Tell me your secrets

I heard a voice
Crying out in the wind
John John John
Do you want to really know
My secrets?

I responded
Yes I do
She whispered them to me
But made me vow
To keep her secrets
And take them to my grave

And so I can not
Must not reveal
All the shocking stories
Of her life

She told me that I needed
To also talk to my father
For he too had secrets
To tell me

I told her
That I would at some point
Make a visit
To the family grave
In Yakima

And finally learn
The family secrets
They should have told me
While they were alive

Day 11, October 29, 2020
Halloween Poem Costumes from Hell

 

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I am at a Halloween party
Everyone is wearing a costume
Including me
I am dressed like an ancient King
My wife is dressed as the angel she is
The party turns wild
Everyone is getting high
Drinking up a storm
Smoking weed
Snorting coke
Dropping acid
The music is wild and crazy
Then through the fog of it all
I see the devil
Parading in front of the crowd
Screaming death
To all democrats
Trump and Putin appear together
Running into the crowds
The crowd chatting lock him up
Lock him up
Biden is paraded in front
Of the blood thirsty crowd
The devil yells off with his head
Putin and Trump
Behead him
Screaming like escaped banshees
I try to wake up from this nightmare
Realizing it is all live
On CNN
And I am dead
The world has ended
Evil has triumphed
Once again

Day 12 Halloween Costume Party

I am at a Halloween costume party
Dressed like an ancient laird
Angela is dressed in a red devil custom
And we are having a good time

Everyone is getting wild
And frisky
Soon the mood turns dark
And foul

Bad craziness fills the room
The devil makes his appearance
And we realize
We are all doomed
To end our life

At this party
Where we all become
Children of the damn

Day 13, October 31, 2020 Trick or Treating In The Era Of Covid

 

Halloween in the era of covid
So strange
With the covid virus
Ever lurking
With CDC discouraging trick or tweeting
With masks on every face
Everyone wearing a costume
The trick is not to get sick
The treat is still the candy
The goal of all children
Everywhere
Candy more candy
Visits to the dentist be damned
Hopefully General Corona
Will keep his troops at bay

Bonus Poems

vault 56 words pensively 101 prompt

I have a secret vault in my mind
It is a dark corner of my soul
Where I hide away
All the dark dangerous thoughts
That come out
4 am 0 dark hundred
When the wild things
Escape their leashes
Screaming like escaped banshees
Then with the dawning light
I put them back into the vault

Corona Mask

My corona mask
Hiding my face behind it
Hiding my fears
My wife removing the mask
Seeing my lovely face

Fifty word prose horror poems published in Every Writer

The Mad Laird Strikes Again

Sam Adams is doing a Scottish walkabout. There were rumors of a mad laird killing hikers along the lonely moors. He heard bagpipes in the fog then saw a man on a black horse who ran after him with a machete, screaming, “Do you believe in Ghosts now? “

The Mad Bagpiper of Berkeley

Sam Adams had heard rumors of a mad bagpiper serial killer lurking about Tilden park in Berkeley. Then he ran into the mad bagpiper in the lonely backcountry. The man ran after him, killing him with a machete. They found his body cut up and cooked by a camp-fire.

General Corona Got Your Baby

The mad General Corona, riding his black horse came out of the woods, and screamed at Sam Adams, saying “You got the Corona Virus; I am the general. Your ass is grass and I am the lawnmower.” Prepare to die a long painful death and he breathed on him.

Waiting for the Grim Reaper

Sam Adams found himself in Limbo. Waiting for his appointment with the Grim Reaper. Finally, his number was called. The Grim Reaper said his number was up and it was time for judgment day. “Whether it would be hell or heaven was beyond his pay grade”. The Grim reaper laughed.

Wild Things Run Amuck

0 dark hundred arrives. Insomnia set in. Sam Adams tossed and turned waiting for the wild things to come out for their nightly assault. Evil monstrous creatures from the darkest corner of his hell ran about screaming at him: torturing him until the dawning sun drove them back to hell.

Screaming News Drives Me Mad

Sam Adams fell asleep after watching the screaming media scream about the fires, storms, covid, political madness. Sam saw the devil programming madness on his computers. The devil, surrounded by the demons, orcs, dwarfs and monsters of hell, turns to him smiling, saying his time in hell would come soon.

Corona Horror Haiku

The Mad Laird Strikes Again
1

In the Scottish Moors
mad laird waits to kill hikers
death waiting for you

2

hearing the bagpipes
old man appears in the fog
riding a black horse

3

Mad laird runs at you
Holding a black machete,
screaming “Do you believe in Ghosts

The Mad Bagpiper of Berkeley

1

In the Berkeley Hills
Rumors of mad bagpiper
Fears and terror

2

Encountering it
the mad bagpiper in the hills
they found his body

3

The mad bagpiper
Plays mournful tune as kills
As you become ghost

General Corona Got Your Baby
1

The mad General
Corona riding black horse
Leading his army of bots

2

Encountering his breath
You begin to scream
as you cough dying breath

Waiting for the Grim Reaper

1

Wake up in Limbo.
Waiting for his appointment
with the Grim Reaper.

2

Finally his number
The Grim Reaper said number was up
tt was the time for judgement day. “

3.

Whether it would be
hell or heaven beyond his paygrade
The Grim reaper laughed.

Wild Things Run Amuck
1

At 0 dark hundred.
Deep Insomnia set in.
Tossing and turning

2

waiting for wild things
to come out for their assault.
Evil monstrous creatures

3

from the dark corner
of hell ran about screaming
torturing his soul

4

the dawning sun light
drove them all back to their hell.
Wild things fading

Screaming News Drives Me Mad

1

Then I fell asleep
after watching the screaming news
the media screams

2

about the fires,
storms corona ,
the political madness.

3
I saw the devil
programing all the madness
on his computers.

4

The devil saw me,
surrounded by all the demons,
says my time is soon

Horror Cheritas

The Mad Laird Strikes Again

Sam Adams is doing a Scottish walk about.

There were rumors of a mad laird
killing hikers along the lonely moors.

He heard bagpipes in the fog
then saw a man on a black horse who ran after him with a machete,
screaming “Do you believe in Ghosts now? “

The Mad Bagpiper of Berkeley

Sam Adams had heard rumors

of a mad bagpiper serial killer
lurking about Tilden Park in Berkeley.

Then he ran into the mad bagpiper in the lonely back country.
The man ran after him killing him with a machete.
They found his body cooked by a camp-fire.

General Corona Got Your Baby

The mad General Corona, riding his black horse came out of the woods,

and screamed at Sam Adams, saying “
You got the Corona Virus; I am the general.

Your ass is grass and I am the lawn mower.”
Prepare to die a long painful death
and he breathed on him.

Waiting for the Grim Reaper

Sam Adams found himself in Limbo.

Waiting for his appointment
with the Grim Reaper.

Finally his number was called.
The Grim Reaper said His number was up and it was time for judgement day. “
The grim reaper laughed Whether it would be hell or heaven was beyond his pay grade

Wild Things Run Amuck

0 dark hundred arrives.

Insomnia set in.
Sam Adams tossed and turned

waiting for the wild things to come out for their nightly assault.
Evil monstrous creatures from the darkest corner of his hell ran about screaming at him:
torturing him until the dawning sun drove them back to hell.

Screaming News Drives Me Mad

Sam Adams fell asleep after watching the screaming media

scream about the fires, storms, covid, political madness.
Sam saw the devil programming madness on his computers.

The devil, surrounded by the demons, orcs, dwarfs, and monsters of hell,
turns to him smiling,
saying his time in hell would come soon.

The gorgon of Bangkok

Sam Adams
Was drinking alone
In a evil degraded bar
On the bad side of life

In the city of Angels
Bangkok
Twenty drinks too sober

Drinking by himself
With his buddies
Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker
Evan Walker, Mr. Bullet, Old Granddad

Ordering one scotch, one bourbon, and a beer
From the lovely half-naked bartender
He looks up at the stage

Dancing on the stage
Was a naked vision of delight
As he looked at her
She began to turn into a hideous monstrous figure

Two-three faces appeared at once
The naked bartender had warned him
That the gorgon of Bangkok
Would be dancing tonight

All men desired her
And if she chose you
You would die a thousand deaths
Of erotic pleasure

As she took your soul away
Straight to hell

Sam thought to himself

Why the hell not
I am drinking my way to hell anyway
And continued to stare
At the gorgon

She smiled
And had her way with him
He left with her
Went to her room
She took off the clothes

He found himself naked in hell
Where the devil welcomes him

Saying have another drink, my friend
Welcome to hell the party center
Of the universe

He drank and partied all night
With the gorgon of Bangkok

Waking up dead
Just another dead male foreigner
In the city of angels

The End

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