Have a Blessed Samhain (Happy Halloween)

The modern Halloween we are all familiar with is a combination of celebrations for the Gaelic Festival Samhain and the Catholic celebrations of All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. Samhain marked the end of the harvest and end of Summer and the beginning of the “darker half” of the year. It was believed that the boundaries between this world and the Otherworld were more easily crossed on this day. This meant the spirits or faeries could travel to our world. It was also believed that spirits of lost relatives would visit, and feasts were had in their remembrance.

Part of the festival involved people going door to door in costumes or disguises reciting versus in exchange for food. The disguises were intended to either appear as spirits or hide from spirits who crossed over to this world. Bonfires, rituals, and games were a big part of the festival as well. Neopagans and Wiccans now celebrate Samhain as a religious holiday. Samhain is part of the annual cycle of seasonal festivals called The Wheel of the Year. It is seen as a festival of darkness which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the festival of Beltane, which is celebrated as a festival of light and fertility on May 1.

Here in Tucson, AZ we have the annual All Soul’s Procession celebrating the family members people have lost. However you celebrate; whether it’s remembering you lost family members, posing as a spirit and collecting offering from others, or enjoying a bonfire with friends, stay safe and have a blessed Samhain.

Tuesday Poetry: Darkness Surrounding

Everything’s a distraction
Watching movies
Listening to live music
Meeting friends at bars
It all distracts you
From the darkness within

You awake every morning
With a black cloud
Hovering over you
No one else sees it
No one would suspect
You’d have one

But you see it
It’s always there
So, you do things
To distract you
You stay busy
Avoiding the black cloud

Sometimes staying busy
Isn’t enough to help
Sometimes the black cloud
Surrounds you and
Nothing you do can
Save you or stop it

You don’t know how
It goes away but it does
It never really goes away
So, you learn to live with it
But your fear of it
Taking over never leaves

The black cloud makes you
Think the worst things
About yourself and others
You become your own
Worst enemy; a villain
Fueled by hate and pain

Your emotions are
A powerful force
And you’ve slipped
Into the dark side
The darkness wants
To consume you

How do you emerge from
The darkness after it takes hold
Everyone’s path is different
Your path might be alone
Ending it all is not the answer
Don’t let the darkness win

Never give up and 
Never surrender
But don’t live through
Distractions either
Find a way to overcome
Make the darkness disappear

From the poetry collection Cats, Coffee, Catharsis.

Twofer Tuesday Poetry: I Am Darkness & Arrogant Condescending Prick

I Am Darkness

I don’t care if it’s hot or cold
Sunny or gloomy
I wear black everyday
Black serves as a barrier
Between me and the rest of the world
I hide behind my black
Clothes and black coffee
They project and protect
My black soul
Black is my defense

Arrogant Condescending Prick

I’m the best there is or ever was
You’re just a weak, pathetic creature
You’re emotional and you complain
Whereas I have the best brain
I don’t think, I know I’m better than you
Everyone says I’m powerful and great
Look! See how great I am
Look at my greatness
Only a fool like you walks away from my greatness
Why aren’t people admiring my greatness?

From the poetry collection Men Are Garbage.