the shadows of Halloween

mouse nightmare - October 27, 2014m

On Halloween, we become walking metaphors…

We’re quite aware of what we’re doing: by putting on a mask, we reveal some hidden aspect of ourselves.

We display our inner pirate, our inner goblin, our inner Dracula…

…while with our smiles we reassure the world: don’t worry, I’ve got it under control.

But though we joke about the Mr. Hyde that lurks beneath our Dr. Jekyll…

…perhaps we also want to tell people: don’t take me for granted.  I’m much more than I appear to be.

Of course, we can also show the positive side of our shadow…

Klutzes can become ballerinas.  Housecats can dress in tiger stripes….

Working-class guys and gals can wear crowns…

They wish to tell us they’re actually kings and queens.  And who are we to disagree?

From hard experience, I’ve learned: you can never guess what’s inside another human being.

For that matter, I’m still learning what’s inside myself.  In one dream, a polar bear followed me all around my apartment…

Finally, to get my attention, the creature took my hand, gently but firmly, in its mouth.  When I awoke, I realized the bear was a part of me—a part I’d tried to ignore.

Like many on Halloween, I’ll be wearing my usual costume: my everyday clothes.  The image I present to the world.

Those clothes do reveal something about who I am….

…yet leave so very much unsaid.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry

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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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