Curse of the Jack-o’-Lantern

They chopped him up a smile, but Jack could hardly mind
as any patch of pumpkins knows that happens with their kind.
He chipped a tooth, they fixed it; just widening his grin
but not before they broke his skull to operate within.

Their fingers danced inside him and they scraped around his walls
though what they did with all those guts, no Jack like him recalls.
He stuck inside their fingernails; dirtied up their spoons
and his unforgiving slaughter filled up autumn afternoons.

Once emptied out and lighter, Jack could not contain a smirk
(not by choice, incidentally, with his face now put to work).
They scooped a pair of nostrils, and he smelled his gooey bile
While the mess of orange innards stunk the room up in a pile.

With holes pierced in his face so Jack could see the deeds they’d done
he finally saw his family, all the Jacks lined one-by-one.
The people in the party led the pumpkins to the porch;
they opened up their minds and gave them each a little torch.

Life along the lamp-lit street was nothing like their farm
back with all their young and faceless, undeveloped charm.
They finally breathed the autumn air, then heard some children yelling
no doubt in hopes to find some Jacks to smash per their rebelling.

But all the little pumpkins smiled easily that night
conscious of their curse, a secret Jack-o’-lantern right.
Children smashing Jack-o’-lanterns ought to be afraid
for every pumpkin knows that’s how a Boogeyman gets made.

A writer and not the host of a podcast yet.

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