Recently, I received an invitation to contribute a themed “word list” to a poetry site that I visit quite often.

I chose a “neighbours” theme for the list posted so colourfully at . 

In connection with that theme, I am reposting a poem that I wrote. If you stop by the link site, you can enjoy a few “autumn reads” by some amazing poets!



By Patricia A. McGoldrick

It seems to me that neighbourhoods

Are kind of like pumpkin fields

Sprouting through clay soil

Growing up

Spurting outwards with sprawling green vines

Budding and blossoming in orange sherbet blooms

Folding frequently at the tip of new creations

Freckle-faced green growth

Bigger and rounder segmented appendages

Turning to orange    Carotene taking over

Vines shriveling to brown

The autumn field neighbourhood is dotted with

Orange pumpkin balls of all sizes and shades

‘Til harvest arrives, then, here come the pickers–

Some of the pumpkins are gone to new homes already

But, for those who are able,

A few more orange globes are captured

The carving begins

Designers of all ages plot a unique face

For their autumn gold and soon

Moist seeds are roasted, then salted, not sold

The promise of next year’s crop rests in the field

With the leftover seedlings

Continuing from the remainder of old neighbourhoods.                      

 *Previously published in Cyclamens & Swords, April 2009.  


Hallowe’en prompt at Imaginary Garden With Real Toadswas truly inspiring!


Have a safe & happy Hallowe’en, All!

Here is my response to the prompt!

Ghostly quote: Some one came knocking (from poem by Walter de la Mare)

On Hallowe’en night

After ghouls and goblins had given us a fright

Towards mid of the night I heard it

That sound on the door.

The newspaper came early?

Just tossed on the floor?


I rushed down the stairs

Unlocked the door

Not a sign of the raven

No bump in the night

Just a raccoon at the garbage

On Hallowe’en night!


© 2012 by Patricia Anne McGoldrick

For Hallowe’en prompt at Hallow’s Edge

October 31 2012/