Un-Hallows Eve


Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

Un-Hallows Eve–a Haibun

The new-moon night reeks of gardenias, a scent that belongs to spring in California, not October in Maine. Gardenias—memories of a funeral, of a long-ago autumn night, much like this, when her mother shot her abusive father and then put a bullet to her own head.

Alone, as always, Emily pulls aside the musty drape and peers out into the yard. Bare trees cast shadows, like skeletal fingers, stretching, reaching in her direction. The thrumming of her heart beats louder and louder, quickens its pace till, of a sudden, a chill pervades the air.

At a distance, a lonely figure approaches, its footfall echoing on the empty street.

restless spirits roam
seeking to find empty souls
to make there, their home.

Linking to Toni’s spooky prompt over at dVerse Poetics. Please join us.

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13 thoughts on “Un-Hallows Eve

  1. claudia says:

    oh heck – that sent shivers down my spine
    so sad that she’s still haunted by the terrible things that happened in the past – wish she could find peace

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  2. kanzensakura says:

    Scary! Excellent haibun and those footfalls…..shivery shakery….

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  3. Haunted by the past as well as the present…wow.
    You set the scene so vividly and the haiku gave me shivers.

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Gave me the shivers! One should avoid going out at the time of twilight to avoid bad spirits. Beautifully penned 🙂

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  5. Candy says:

    this made me shiver – so halloweeny

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  6. Mary says:

    I like the way you set the scene & drew us into it & brought it to a spooky conclusion! Bravo for fine haibun writing.

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  7. Pain of live..
    Dark as Soul..
    trigger pulls
    never
    lives..
    life a joy
    life a challenge
    life alive..
    never
    fully
    dead..
    WiLL.. the savior
    of hearts gone cold..
    Reptile Brain
    animal
    savior
    lives
    without
    heart.. cold
    and alive..
    Until spirit
    comes back
    with heart
    BEATING SPIRIT
    ONCE AGAIN
    SOUL ALIVE
    NOW..:)

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  8. Now that’s really VERY spooky! Terrific haibun.

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  9. Grace says:

    Very spooky and left me hanging with suspense ~ Great haibun Victoria ~

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  10. Bodhirose says:

    Violent acts of the past can certainly haunt us and leave us open to more horrors. Well done, Victoria!

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  11. Sabio Lantz says:

    Spooky. And for me, naively perhaps, Halloween has always been fun.

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  12. Love how you tied horrors of the past into the present with the eerie night and the steady footfall of the approaching figure.. sometimes it’s imagination.. but what if it was something else for real.

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  13. Glenn Buttkus says:

    It’s 6am here, & this spooky haibun woke me up; certainly got my attention. I had to out onto the deck to get the cat, & it is still too dark for shadows, but something was moving around in the alley beyond the back yard; my goosebumps got goosebumps.

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