Warlocks and Witches in a Dance

AnElephantCant contain his excitement
As the end of October draws near
His wee brain fair itches
As he thinks about witches
It is the scariest night of the year

Aye Hallowe’en is a night of fun
As long as you ca’ canny
You might see a de’il
Or a bogle for real
If you keek in each dark nook and cranny

Some traditions have lasted forever
Some changes we find quite surprising
In the US it’s neat
To say trick or treat
But in Scotland we still call it guising

There’s aye laughter and games for the children
With treacle scones hung on a string
Just mind your thrapple
When dookin’ for apples
In case a wean wi’ a fork takes a swing

And everyone carves out a lantern
We use turnips but some folk use pumpkins
We may be old fashioned
But please show compassion
AnElephant should not be confused with a bumpkin 

Now though it’s all commercialised
We a’ do things we’re no’ supposed tae
It’s still the night
That causes fright
When we walk wi’ ghouls and ghosties

Hallowe’en is the night of the bogeyman
He frightens the bairns out of their heads
He has never been seen
But does that just mean
He is hiding under AnElephant’s bed?

Glossary of Terms:
ca’ canny – take care
bogle – a bad thing, a spectre, a goblin
keek – look
Aye – yes
aye – always
thrapple – throat, windpipe
dookin’ – ducking, trying to capture from a large basin or bath
wean – bairn, child
tae – to
bogeyman – boogeyman (USA), very bad (hopefully) imaginary person

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10 Responses to Warlocks and Witches in a Dance

  1. nightlake says:

    an interesting poem..liked the drawing so much.. the background color in the drawing was especially captivating


  2. LuAnn says:

    I love Halloween and I especially love this poem. Anelephant had better check under the bed tonight and I think I may as well. 🙂


  3. Cara Olsen says:

    This is a Halloween I would gladly step into . . . I can’t know what it used to be like celebrating, 20,30 years ago, but even in my youth I can distinctly remember the magic of it; perhaps it is because I am grown, but I just don’t feel the same stands today.

    Your poem is fantastic. I enjoyed the colloquialisms — once I knew what they meant of course. 😉



  4. mixedupmeme says:

    You write about Halloween and how it used to be…dressing in traditional spooky costumes, carving pumpkins and dunking for apples. I loved to dress up as ghost or witch or ghoul and go around to neighbors getting a little treat. And I loved greeting the neighbor kids at the door and being scared by their boos.

    At times though we’ve had strange teens coming in cars with barely a mask on asking for the goodies. Something wrong there. But they were plenty scary and I was frightened if I refused to give them a treat!! 😦

    Oh, I do love your rhyme!! 🙂


  5. Alastair says:

    Brilliant 😀


  6. pennycoho says:

    This is excellent! Just wonderful, I love it! Thank you!


  7. Clanmother says:

    I’m ready to dance…


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