Reading Rae Armantrout: 5 Days until Halloween

by | Oct 26, 2019 | Reading

Apple cider, fall leaves & crisp air, jack-o-lanterns a’glow—These are a few of my favorite, spookiest things…

Happy Saturday, friends! If you’ve been here for a while, you know how much I love Halloween. And I also love countdowns. So—

To showcase the five days we have left until Halloween, here’s a lovely, spooky poem by Rae Armantrout:


Haunted, they say, believing
the soft, shifty
dunes are made up
of false promises.

Many believe
whatever happens
is the other half
of a conversation.

Many whisper
white lies
to the dead.

“The boys are doing really well.”

Some think
nothing is so
until it has been witnessed.

They believe
the bits are iffy;

the forces that bind them,

poem originally featured by the Poetry Foundation, here

Happy Saturday, friends! I’ll see you again tomorrow for our next poem.