Halloween Television

Trick or Treaters have appeared
not at my door but on TV

The Democrats wearing scary masks
faces twisted and darkened

With Republicans in happy family man costumes
pure as a newborn lamb in fresh fallen snow

I’ve tried throwing candy at the screen
but they return every eleven minutes

So I turned off the vast wasteland
to fill in my ballot with sanity

but I’m still worried about the tricks
they’ll play after the election

(for this week’s Living Poetry Prompt: Waste Land)

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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9 Responses to Halloween Television

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Don’t waste good candy on the television. I haven’t had chocolate in DAYS! ha haGood poem. I’m worried about the tricks too.

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  2. berniebell1955 says:

    I’d just prepared my Halloween piece, when yours arrived in my inbox – synchronicity……another most excellent piece of writing Bart!

    Throwing sweeties at the telly – nice one.


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  3. berniebell1955 says:

    It’s not a poem….but it’s about being in the Wasteland…..


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  4. K.Hartless says:

    Oh, their skeletons by then, phantoms of the former men. 💀🦴

    Liked by 1 person

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