Too Tall (A Post-Halloween Poem)

Here they come
on Halloween night
not much of a costume—
pillowcases held tight.

They’re six feet tall
with voices deep,
this group of boys
laughing trick or treat.

They stand on the porches
and to some must explain
that they decided they’d give it
one more Halloween.

They didn’t expect
that on All Hallows Eve
there would be such a fuss
or that they’d be told to leave.

Who said that the fun
on October’s last day
shouldn’t be for those kids
who want one last replay?

How about this
if you’re grumpy and cross—
next year when you see them
remember their loss!

It might seem to you
that these kids should act grown
but have mercy on them—
childhood’s only on loan.


DeMaris Gaunt

Published by demarisgaunt

I currently live in Greenwood, Indiana. I love to listen to music, books on CD, podcasts or NPR as I work in my studio.  My favorite artists are Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. I love poetry, but only the good stuff that isn’t so abstract I can’t understand it. Abstraction better lends itself to visual art, I think. Stephen Dunn is my favorite poet. He’s said just about anything that can be said about the inner workings of the heart and mind. My favorite novel is Atonement by Ian McEwan. My all time favorite band is The Cure. I love science, and anything that relates to how the mind works. I don’t believe in the supernatural. If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be Richard Dawkins or Steven Pinker. If you don’t buy my art or read my poetry, buy one of their books. It will enrich if not change your life.  My favorite things to do are hiking, kayaking and camping. My favorite food is so common, I’ll keep you in suspense (It starts with a P). I prefer chocolate to vanilla. Green is my favorite color. I have an aversion to planning or scheduling of any kind, and I live for spontaneous adventures! Telephone conversations make me anxious, and I avoid them at almost all cost. I had a happy childhood. I’m having a pretty fantastic adulthood. I have every intention of seeing my 100th birthday, after which I will happily relinquish my guts to the future of medicine. Cheers! ~DeMaris

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