Poetry challenge #3: Samhain

This week’s theme is obviously Halloween, Samhain, Toussaint, All Hallows, whatever you want to call it—the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. This is the time when the dead are close, our waking world and the otherworld touch, the door between them is open.

Be inspired by the season, the myths, or the picture. One more round of sept form—seven lines of 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 syllables respectively. Get writing and post your creations here.


Here are my efforts.


long dead

hasten from

the otherworld

drawn moth-like

to flame




night falls

moonless sky

still the lake lies

candle flame

draws you




once warm

your heart was

now still and cold

let the flame

your steps



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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

45 thoughts on “Poetry challenge #3: Samhain”

  1. I have only just read your challenge with full attention and discovered “One more round of sept form—seven lines of 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 syllables respectively.”. Oh dear! My only excuse is that when I was first introduced to the challenge in an e-mail it read thus:

    ” I even joined another writing challenge that started last Wednesday. I wrote one post for it so far. The poetry form in called The Sept. The line count is seven and the syllable count is 1-2-3-4-3-2-1. In the challenge there is a specific prompt. I like to write it on my own since I discovered it. Any subject is okay. No limit to stanzas as long as it is kept in the same meter. At the end of my email I would like to share with you what I wrote on the prompt for this week. It is “Swans.””

    1. Don’t apologise about the theme—you’ll see there’s another ‘Swan’ sept came in today. And you can write a whole string of them if you like. I don’t want to set limits to anyone’s creativity 🙂

  2. Happy Halloween Jane!

    Of the
    Flame, find them,
    Raise them, once more
    To life, lust,
    Thirst for

    Sky darkens
    While flames flicker,
    Hearts flutter,

    Thanks for the challenge

      1. Costumed children “trick or treating” for candy and dressed in all sorts of costumes (often cartoon characters) at our doors at Halloween came to mind for me. Marvin the Martians is an animated cartoon character introduced in the 1950s and 1960s, when I was a child.

  3. Hi Jane, I have two for you…

    leap high.
    As sun slips,
    darkness hovers
    with the ghosts
    and lost

    rode the
    sky, laughing.
    Queen of the night.
    But no more.
    Now she

    Cheery as always, just how you like it.

  4. Hi Jane. I gave this challenge a try. I wrote these while listening to horror movie soundtracks. (My Ontheland ping should show up nearby.)

    bass strumming
    warns danger lurks,
    Rain lashed strings

    figure lurks,
    Eerie chimes bend,
    bell rings

  5. I thought I had figured out the Ping but not so. Here is my offering for The Sept on ‘Samhain.’ a perfect setup for the Prompt. Here is my link/ Hope it works. My mind is not working so well. I created a collage for the image. It’s in tribute to our long haired black cat who died this last year. He is the image, looking kind of spooky. at the top.


    Your Septs were so perfect. If my brain weren’t made of jello at the moment I am sure I can come up something with more substance. jk ps. hope all are visited by those they want to see & their time together is celebratory. ❤

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