Celebrating Halloween with Carl Sandburg


By Carl Sandburg

I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o'-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know
I am fooling.

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

15 thoughts on “Celebrating Halloween with Carl Sandburg

    1. I am delighted that you joined me at Simon Fraser University, Liz. I have been looking into Carl Sandburg’s poetry. I did not know that he received the Pulitzer Prize for ‘Corn Huskers’ (1918). I always thought he was a poet, but then read he wrote a book about Abraham Lincoln. I continue to learn and learn and learn.

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  1. Happy Halloween! What better place to read this lovely poem, so well chosen. You are standing in such a green beautiful place, I see someone walking leisurely behind you. SFU is such a beautiful campus. The poem you have chosen is beautiful, I listened to it at least three times. I did not go trick or treating, but I took time to remember all the children walking together to get their treats! Owen actually went with friends to enjoy the time together! !

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    1. I remember the first mask you made for me to go trick or treating, Frances. We had three days of sunshine before the rains came again so I went outside with my cell phone. Simon Fraser University Burnaby campus is stunning, especially with the fall colours. I am delighted that you enjoyed this poem. Carl Sandburg once said that “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.”

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  2. I agree with Dave, the music is wonderful! And your recitation of course. I’d neither read nor heard this Sandberg poem before. Delightful and atmospheric yet not too scary. Hugs for a safe night. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Mary Jo! I hope that more people will recite poetry out loud. It is so much fun and brings new understanding and meaning about the poem and the poet. I especially appreciate Carl Sandburg’s thought – always makes me smile – “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

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    1. I’m delighted that you joined Carl Sandburg and me on Burnaby Mountain. After many days of rain, the sunshine came out. It was so much fun to see all the children dressed up for Halloween, especially knowing that they would have perfect weather for trick or treating.

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