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This poem, written for a workshop, is a Naga Uta--a syllabic poem of 5 and 7 syllables per line in this order: 5/7/5/7/ long as you like, ending in 5/7/7. No rhyme is required.


Grim mortuary.
Muddy smudges on dull skins
Streak across pumpkins.
Wry orange countenances.
Faces etched in pain.
Farmer John dumped his children.
Pumpkins buried here.
Carved in glory for lanterns.
Usefulness ended.
Tossed aside November one.
So soon forgotten.
Jagged tooth frowns, eyes still lit!
Glaring through dawn's mist.
Angry protesting pumpkins.
All Saint's Day chorus.
Chanting supernatural.
Here in Farmer John's compost.

Copyright 2006 JO Janoski

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/5/2006
well done. please visit my den: my class is writing poetry and the kids love to read their comments
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/4/2006
I don't think I am going to be eating pumpkin any time soon but I totally enjoyed this write. :-)
Reviewed by Anna M 11/4/2006
You make good use of the syllables in this piece for it has rhythmn and lots of vivid imagery. Pumpkin pie won't taste quite as sweet again. Thanks for this one.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 11/4/2006
And I'll soon have a dinner starting with a pumpkin soup. I'll think on your poem as I spoon the soup. More poems Jo. Victor
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 11/4/2006
Oh, this poem does run chills up my spine in its begining (thank goodness it's daylight :o)

Poor li'l pumpkins...hope the "innards" were saved for pies or soups!

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