How to Set a Pumpkin Free

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I rescued him from Trader Joe’s,

from those who would carve and cave in that precious skull.

They would see past him, treating him as if he were a mere tool for merriment and not a tender soul–

a squash soul.

But I rescued him from a ghoulish fate.

I patted his chubby cheeks and gave him a place of honor.

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He is not one of many in a box–unknown and tossed aside by pawing, unthinking hands.

He is not tooled and set afire,

but with all parts in tact, he rests amid the color and kindness of a wheel barrel.  It too has seen rough days,

but they both now rest together, weathering their final days with contemplative repose

and only an occasional bird dropping from above.

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I feel a swelling in my heart, like I have done a noble thing.

On a field trip!!!!

On a field trip!!!!

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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20 Responses to How to Set a Pumpkin Free

  1. Angeline M says:

    You saved a beautiful pumpkin!

  2. Prophet Shay says:

    I hope I can take daily, simple thing and turn them into art the way you do!

  3. The last time I tried that I put the pumpkin on the lawn and eventually it became compost.

  4. tootlepedal says:

    You are a hero to your pumpkin.

  5. pattisj says:

    Good job, Lilly, it looks quite happy there.

  6. Maggie Brown says:

    Lilly, you are such an artist! I love it. And the way you ended that….’I find a swelling in my heart, like I have done a noble thing’….and the part about the bird dropping….makes me smile BIG smiles… it! Maggie

    • It is rather a not so silent protest, I guess. I love nature, but hate Halloween and the horror in costumes and film, let alone Jack-o-lantern faces. It just not seem innocent to me any more. Fall, yes. Horror, too much in the world already!

  7. you have done a noble thing, ms. lilly… 🙂

  8. I would say you have done a noble thing indeed! Why people must mangle all of those beautiful pumpkins I don’t know.

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