Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

FLASH 55 PLUS!

Greetings to all poets and friends!
It is time for this month's Flash 55 Challenge. The rules of this prompt have not changed: Write a piece of poetry or prose on a subject of your choice in precisely 55 WORDS.


This is Halloween by polish-girl
DeviantArt (2007)
No Infringement of Copyright intended



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PLUS!

Samhain, All Saints' Eve, Halloween... Call it what you will, the night of 31 October has its own significant spot on the yearly calendar. Centuries before it became what it is today, Halloween served as a night of prophesy rather than partying. Samhain, the festival for the Celtic new year, marked the day when summer ended and winter began. Associating winter with human death, the Celts believed that the border between the living and the dead became blurred, and the dead would return in the form of ghosts. It was thought that in the presence of these spirits, the Druids, or priests, were better suited to form prophesies. People would build a bonfire as a sacrifice to the Celtic gods while wearing costumes comprised of animal heads and skins and attempt to predict each other’s futures. They would later light their own hearth fires with the bonfire’s flames for protection from winter’s devastation.

Though some scholars believe Allhallowtide developed from these rituals, others maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots, as the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

The optional extra prompt today, invites you to write to the theme of Halloween.





13 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

Today is a big day in my house. So I will be back later to delight in everybody's word-yum.

If you celebrate, Happy Halloween, All Hallows' Eve, Dia de los muertos, Samhain, October 31st! ♥

hedgewitch said...

Happiest of All Hallows to the Garden. I had a 55 in the cauldron, but waking up this morning was inspired to add another--no need to read both. Thanks for hosting my favorite meme, Kerry, one which reminds us every month of a dear friend who has passed on.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Happy harvests to all who celebrate Halloween!

brudberg said...

Here we celebrate all saints, so today I went and put flowers on the grave of my ancestors... no pumpkins here.

Outlawyer said...

Hey Kerry--I really don't celebrate Halloween--but will think about it. I have had a difficult few weeks--very busy at work and kind of drained so haven't been able to get anything up much, but did want to participate in a 55. If I can come up with another that is Samhain like, will do it--I do have this one with the word boo in it--

Thanks, as always. k.

brudberg said...

I had to do a second more on the halloween mode... just a little ditty...

Jim said...

A fun assignment, Kerry. For the first time in 16 years we have had trick or treaters. That is because we moved out of a gated community where the POA had an activity for the kids called "Trunk or treat."
So the trick or treat is of what I wrote. My thoughts.
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Other Mary said...

Thanks for the 55 and the Halloweeney subject suggestion.

Outlawyer said...

Hey Kerry-- came up with second--again not very Halloweeny--I live in the middle of nowhere so there really is no particular Halloween around--no kids or town--on the other hand, it is always pretty spooky out at night (no light.) k.

Marian said...

Happy Halloween! There is way too much candy in my house!!!!!!!!

Margaret said...

How fun. Have lost internet connection at home and the company can't come out to next Friday! Hoping to post and comment before then. Thanks for hosting

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Hello everybody. I am mostly offline for the next few days except when I can get to my local library for free internet – and will be away from home 4-8 Nov, so will not be getting online at all during that time. If I miss getting to read your poems before the 4th, rest assured I will have a look after the 8th, when my internet access will be back to normal. Meanwhile, am trying to write more 'small stones' lately, and the latest fitted well into 55 words.

Hannah said...

Under the weather and WAAAAY behind. Sorry folks...thank you for the challenge.