The Eve of Samhain.

I am crone, blackened, old bones creaking, hear me cackle,

Worldy wise, decrepit and dried-out hag

At Samhain Eve, edge of darkness.

Bring back to me immortality and the light of life.


I am curdling cauldron, spewing orange bile, seething vileness

Cosmic container, holy grail to the gods

I welcome Samhain, edge of darkness

As the sun sets, I descend into darkness, and my transformation begins.


Reborn, I am acorn, I am apple- five pointed star, pentagram

Wise woman, sentinel of soulful strength.

I rejoice at Samhain, beyond the edge of darkness

As day breaks I brush away fear with my birch besom.


It is a new day, new year, a new life.


©Alison Jean Hankinson

This is for d’Verse where the theme was monsters….I haven’t really got anything in me on monsters….so this is a tale from a witch.

I am away from home, I went out in the dark to collect some acorns for my photo, but the internet is a little weak here and they won’t load….so call back later and they might be here. I saw a tiny little mouse whilst I was out but hadn’t got my camera with me.

Acorns were seen as an amulet…it is seen as strong and protective, they only appear on mature trees and they are a symbol of perseverance and fertility.





Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

11 thoughts on “The Eve of Samhain.”

  1. I love the blackened, old bones creaking, the cackling and the curdling cauldron. Such creepy alliteration and imagery. And then the monster turned into Nina Simone! It is a new day [new year] a new life… And I’m feeling good….

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  2. Love your words, such strength and purpose there. Out with the old and in with the ?new.
    Thanks for introducing me to Samhain – now I know.
    Anna :o]

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  3. I love how all the sounds relate internally within the lines as in these lines:
    “I am curdling cauldron, spewing orange bile, seething vileness
    Cosmic container, holy grail to the gods.” That’s really nice in my book.

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