It is just around the corner —-
‘Round the bend of days to be;
If you're apt to be a scorner,
Better listen unto me.
I have seen their ugly faces —-
Toothless hags and grinning ghosts —-
Who will put us through our paces
When we're forced to be their hosts.
They're preparing an invasion
Like an army on the prowl,
And unique is the persuasion
They are practicing to howl.
With a bag held out to capture
All the loot that it can hold,
They'll enjoy an eerie rapture
In a spirit scary-bold.
Little spacemen, cats and witches
Are united in this task,
Though their costume-collar itches
And they smother 'neath their mask.
It's a symbol of the season,
And when all is said and done,
It's survived without a reason
Except having lots of fun.
Margaret Rorke (1915-2000) wrote poetry that was regularly published on the editorial pages of The Saginaw News (2,824 different poems in all). From 1975 through 1990, approximately 400 of her poems were featured in Judd Arnett’s column in The Detroit Free Press, and her poetry appeared in countless other settings throughout her lifetime.
The digital edition of her 4,000 published poems as well as her three books of poetry have recently been added to the Library of Congress's collection of American poetry.
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Margaret Rorke published over 4,000 poems in her lifetime. If you are looking for a poem on a particular topic, please fill out the form here, and her daughter, Peg, and son, Bob, will be in touch with what they can find.