Sleepy Hollow by Ivor Steven #SonnetSunday

We come from a land down-under
Where men eat green pumpkin and cucumber
Our bayside town is called Sleepy Hollow
Where the nights are too quiet for owls and swallows
Here, Halloween spirits live beyond the outer limits
And are only allowed to visit at sunset’s dying minutes

During the full moon’s twilight zone
We drink goanna juice from orange cones
And consume barbecued prawns by the dozen
While watching the bon-fires glow above the blue horizon
We send our children to gather grubs and magic mushrooms
From the haunted paths between the old witch’s tombs
And when they return we all fly away on iridescent brooms

A final, surprise entry to round off the proceedings!

Halloween may have passed, and the brooms may have flown, but I couldn’t resist sharing this delightful poem from Ivor, which I found in my email inbox this morning. Thank you for sharing with us your unique experience of Aussie Halloween! And there’s only one song to accompany this sonnet, of course:

Featured Image by Derrick Knight

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  1. Brilliant imagery, Ivor! “We send our children to gather grubs and magic mushrooms from the haunted paths between the old witches’ tombs.” I can see why the magic mushrooms might send you flying on an iridescent broom…but grubs? I know that they are an excellent protein source, but do they possess psychedelic properties? I really enjoyed your poem, Ivor! <3 Have a great week!

  2. Oh.. thank you Ingrid for posting my whimsical piece from Australia .. and when I get up , I’ll send it to Derrick, he is always so happy to see his photos accompanying my poems .. and this one is really marvellous πŸ˜ŠπŸŒπŸ’•

  3. Oooo oooh love love it… wonderful poem…
    and this video! I had never seen the vid for that song before… so so so good lol!!!
    Great job rallying the happy halloween troops from around the globe, Ingrid! :)) πŸ‘ŒπŸ§‘πŸ€©πŸ™

  4. πŸ’–πŸŽƒ IvorπŸŽƒπŸ’–

    Yes, Ingrid I was waiting for his and I gotta say this is so much fu and I LOVE it!
    Eating my cucumbers and mushrooms and riding on my iridescent broom as I listen to this all time fav piece! Loved it and thanks for the fun too IngridπŸŽƒπŸ‘»

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