The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Jack O' The Lantern

Once a year when the veil wears thin,
And the spirits are free to roam,
We prepare not to let Stingy Jack in,
So it's time to protect our home.

We'll find the biggest turnip we can,
Or even a pumpkin will do,
Scoop out its seeds into a pan,
Roast them and puree the goo.

In order to ward off ol' Stingy Jack,
And the spirits who slipped through the veil,
Into the pumpkin we carve and hack,
A ghastly face to make them wail!

Insert a candle and light its wick,
Left to stand guard outside,
The spirits will think twice before any trick,
Stingy Jack will run away and hide.

So now we are all safe and sound,
From entities wicked and mean,
We can have fun handing out candy all round,
Happy Halloween!

About the Writer

Jacoby Crane

Jacoby is an eccentric artist living in Derbyshire. They spend their time baking, making peculiar things, doodling doodles and writing oddities, currently they're focusing on poetry and working on a children's fantasy novel called Lumi. Jacoby's inspiration mostly comes from their unusual dreams and the weirdly wonderful things their kids quote, but their muse comes in the forms of Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell.