One of Those Evenings

One of those evenings
when the sun and moon
occupy opposite ends of the sky.
By morning, they’ll have
traded places and
you’ll have witnessed traces
of the monthly madness
of howlers and haints
and unusual behavior
from sinners and saints

These spirits will likely
be tempting you to
do things you do not
usually do
but it’s only for a night or two
take off that mask,
be the real you
or put one on and
be someone else

in the long run
it’s about the same
in the forest you will
see the flames leap high
in a clearing where
the furious dance unfolds
beckoning or banishing
the usual ghosts
who must be told
the secrets they
already know

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