A nursery rhyme to scare wee children on Halloween, written in the form of a villanelle.

All Hallows Night

On this dark All Hallows Night,
Witches on their broomsticks leap
As phantoms gather out of sight;

Ghosts that haunt in shrouds of white,
From ‘neath the blankets children peep
On this dark All Hallows Night;

Werewolves howl and vampires bite,
Sipping blood from wounds that weep
As phantoms gather out of sight;

Pumpkin mask of demon wight,
Little devils trick or treat
On this dark All Hallows Night;

Goblins come to steal the light,
Banshees wail in darkness deep
As phantoms gather out of sight;

Manic laughter causes fright,
From the graveyard, zombies creep,
On this dark All Hallows Night
As phantoms gather out of sight

  A poem by Mysteral.
© September 2008

Form for this poem is a villanelle.  Repetition of the first and third lines of the first tercet in alternate tercets and together at the ending is required by the form as a refrain. 

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