Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Journey Ends, The Journey Begins

The veils are thin
The gates are open
The invitations sent
No locks on the door this night
All are welcome here.

The feast is cooked,
The table set,
one more place than there
are people in the room,
for none shall be turned away this night.

The candles are lit.
One for each person who departed this year
One for each who arrived.
And more candles for those whose passing
we mark every year.

And tomorrow we begin again.
Moving further round the wheel.
Taking this year's gains and losses
and starting down the road again.

OctPoWriMo ends today. (Not counting all the prompts I will be trying to catch up on in the next week.) This week we celebrate  Halloween, Samhain, Día de los Muertos, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. For many Wiccans it is also New Year's Day. In many cultures it was forbidden  to harvest past this date, anything still in the fields did not belong to mortal man.  It is a time of endings and beginnings.

And that's what today's  poetry writing challenge asks us to look at as well: the  ending of one quest and the beginning of another.
To see what other poets created for this prompt click here. And to see what lies ahead go to Poets on the Page.


  1. Makes me want to join in the mystical and magical comfort of humans and souls

    1. Thank you Ron, that's exactly whatt I was striving for.

  2. I love the sense of time and timelessness in this poem.

    1. Thank you. I'm always most mindful of the passage of the passage of time in the fall.

  3. I have an indescribable urge to watch "Lord of the Rings" after reading your poem! Lovely imagery & fluidity!

    1. Have you been talking to my teenager? She has been watching the trilogy all weekend, off and on (In her case it may have something to do with Orlando Bloom though, as well as the holiday.) Thank you for stopping by.