Food for Thought-Holidays from Hell

Holidays from Hell

Are our lives so dark,
that in this warm Fall,
we must lighten our world,
and hide behind,
rituals so dead,
and masks so fake,
to dull the pain of our boring lives,
for just a night,
while children feed,
on the October sugar supply,
and adults drink with glasses high,
because it’s Halloween,
it’s what you do,
because we’re all the same,
364 days of cookie cutter pain,
yet tonight you can be alive,
dressed as anyone,
the bad guy,
a person gone awry,
never yourself,
for those around,
might start to cry,
when their glasses,
go bone dry,
and they realize,
this celebration,
was only in,
their mind’s eye?

–Richard Bryant