Halloween Haiku
by Kelley White

Morning after
Halloween—a trail of candy
wrappers down my street.

White AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: My first pumpkin, daughter Jenny (October 1984).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Halloween is definitely a big date on the pediatric calendar! Some years I give out pretzels or popcorn balls, some years glow-in-the-dark bats and snakes, other years it’s toothpaste. (Not so popular.) In my village, unless it rains heavily or snows we have at least 400 trick or treaters. Exhausting. By the end I’m giving away anything I can find—stamps, tongue depressors, paperclips.


Pediatrician Kelley White worked in inner city Philadelphia and now works in rural
 New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in journals, including Exquisite Corpse, Rattle, and JAMA. Her most recent books are Toxic Environment (Boston Poet Press) and Two Birds in Flame (Beech River Books). She received a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant.