A Halloweensie Story (With Apologies to Mr. Poe)

I may be too old for trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t have a little boo-rific fun. And as I’m pretty fond of Edgar Allan Poe and poetry and Susanna Leonard Hill’s writing contests, it all came together. In a hundred words or less.




The (Scaredy) Cat


Once upon a midnight spooky, while I roamed in my Suzuki,

Looking for my black cat, lost among the trees.

I thought I heard a mewing, or was it more like booing?

A booing ever softly, whistling through the breeze.

“H-hello?” I asked the dark, the shadows in the park.

When suddenly a cackle sounded in my ear.



And then I caught a peek, of something black—it streaked!

Across the grass, and sprang onto the floor!

I nearly jumped out of my skin, as it settled down right in—

my lap. Sweet dreams, kitty.  But for me, nevermore!


There’s still time for you to jump in and join the Halloween fun! As for me, I think I deserve a Butterfinger. Or six.


65 thoughts on “A Halloweensie Story (With Apologies to Mr. Poe)

    • Aw, thanks, Katie! I went to bed last night after writing this, then jumped back out of bed at 12:24 to rewrite a few lines that suddenly came to me. That sort of thing was easier when I was younger! 🙂

  1. OMG, Cathy! I laughed so hard at the opening line it took me a minute to keep reading! I had a Suzuki, you know, a candy-apple red one 🙂 I think you gave Mr. Poe a run for his money 🙂 And here – here are SEVEN Butterfingers!!! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the fun, Cathy 🙂

  2. That picture made me think you’d tracked down the elusive chupacabra. Of course, I also saw a sign at a church this week that said, “Jesse James.” I was all inquisitive. Would there be a sermon on Jesse James? How novel! Then I turned the corner and saw that it said, “Jesus Saves.” So my eyesight is not what it used to be. But it’s good enough to read your Poe-etic tale. Kudos.

  3. Excellent! I’m sure Edgar wouldn’t mind a bit.

    Cats do have a way of scaring the pants off their owners one way or another, don’t they?

  4. I can’t believe how many different ways people do this contest!! I am just amazed.

    YOU did a great job imitating Poe. I Love your poem and think it’s great. A wonderful poem to read aloud which I did for my husband.

    Thanks so much for entering the contest. You will probably win. 🙂

  5. Cathy, thanks for dropping by No Water River! Yes, we do have our friend Robyn in common, so it’s nice to meet you! I love Poe and think he’d be tickled pink with your Raven take-off. I am, too! 🙂

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