Lyrical Somerville – October 24

On October 24, 2012, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Linda Larson

Well–Halloween is coming up and Linda Larson is haunting us with a couple of her very germane poems.


Best Costume


Mother covered a Quaker Oatmeal box

With tinfoil, stuck a hanger through it for a hook,

Made two bright spots of rouge on my cheeks,

A red bandana in my hair, jingly bracelets and

A black eye patch to complete my Captain Hook look.

First prize at the party was a black kitten I named Soot.

Mother was in on it all along.



In my mind


My father and I are still seeking the perfect pumpkin

From farm stand to farm stand…Just he and I.

My favorite part is using the big kitchen spoon to ladle out

The orange, stringy and fragrantly-seeded insides

And putting them splat onto the Sunday funnies

Spread out on our metal, white enamel kitchen table.

Mother stays out of it.

She is humming Stardust,

Staying busy, baking pies.


– Linda Larson



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