c’est l’hallowe’en! (clap clap clap) c’est l’hallowe’en! (clap clap)
from six to nine years old, i was obsessed with a hallowe’en poem. i had it memorized, and would recite it to my little brother or myself or anyone else who might listen. when i moved from indiana to ontario, i lost the book and slowly forgot the poem as i drifted into my teen years. this morning, i woke up determined to remember, at the very least, the poem’s refrain, hoping that it might lead me to the entire poem.
and as i puzzled over breakfast, and washed my face, and dressed, a rhythm for the refrain drifted to me… “and the [blah blah blah blah blah blah] if you don’t watch out.” could this be from the poem? i struggled to remember more. i sat down at my browser, and started to type what i could remember, and suddenly the word ‘goblins’ came. yes!
my long-lost favourite kids’ poem: “little orphant annie” by hoosier poet james whitcomb riley. and, imagine, the u of t poetry site has the full text of the poem online!
An’ one time a little girl ‘ud allus laugh an’ grin,An’ make fun of ever’ one, an’ all her blood-an’-kin;An’ wunst, when they was “company,” an’ ole folks wuz there,She mocked ‘em an’ shocked ‘em, an’ said she didn’t care!
well, happy hallowe’en!