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A Halloween with Stephen King

A Halloween Poem Contest Entry

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Comment from Asem.inspirations
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Good morning, Dean:

This is another well put together masterpiece of yours. I do not celebrate Halloween but I did want to give the poem the reading it deserved. I could not resist rating it what it deserved also. It is the work, the artful efforts that you put into each poem that I am rating. Your work is extraordinary, ALWAYS!

 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017

Comment from michaelcahill
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Well, I just can't deny it. This is as clever as hell. LOL

I cracked up at Thanksgiving nodding off after all the Tryptophan from the over indulgence in turkey. HAAAHAHA!

Great depictions of each holiday, spot on I felt. Your rhythm and rhyme have become second nature now and you just spin the stories smooth as glass. I remember when you used to say you weren't a poet. NOW you have me thinking that. LOL mike

 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017

Comment from sunnilicious
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Well, this is a wonderfully written poem there Dean. Idk about the King inspiration. This is much nicer like a Rockwell Halloween. Anyways, I remember him on a tv interview, a few years back. He was a regular man. A teacher that sits in a home office and writes. Normal home life much adoration for his with wife. And his wife always finishes his novels. I'm not sure if it's last chapter or last page. Still, nice poetic commemoration.

 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017

Comment from Poetic Friend
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Dean, Dean, Dean, I expected nothing less than stellar work from your pen, and boy, did you deliver. I was actually looking forward to you Halloween poem because you are the Poetic King of Horror.

I love this story poem and the personification of the holidays and all their glitz and glamour. This poem reminds me of the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas".

I have not read any of the other entires for this contest, but I think this poem will give the other poets a lot of competition.

Bravo, Dean!

 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017

Comment from DR DIP
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What a fantastic entry in the contest Dean i love the way you have personified those festivities. It reminds me of a joke where there was a meeting with all the organs of the body to discuss who was the most important organ.
The brain , The heart, the lungs, the liver, the pancreas etc all staked their claim and reasons.
Finally the arsehole stood up and said "I'm the most important"
Well all the organs killed themselves laughing with this statement.

So the arsehole was deeply offended and decided to close up and walked away dejected
After a few days the brain went fuzzy, the heart stopped the lungs shut down like all the other organs began to.

Now back to your wonderful poem lol


 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017

Comment from jenintorre
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Fantastic poem. I particularly loved the line. "Stephen King watched from his mansion in Bangor". What a fabulously original and clever idea with great illustrations. Obviously a winner in the competition.

 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017

Comment from Sandra du Plessis
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A very well-written Halloween poem. Only you and Stephen King can pull Halloween celebrations off and make it fun for everyone Even the scary cats play along. Lol.

 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017

Comment from Lucian Carter
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I've seen holiday figures personified. But here, you personify holidays. Easter, not the Easter Bunny, as a character is brilliant.

On top of that, fantastic writing. The words trip off the tongue. The rhymes are sublime and the bells and whistles are gorgeous too. An instant favorite in the contest. This will be hard to top.

Happy Halloween to you too.

 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017

Comment from Barb Hensongispsaca
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Oh, you reeled me in with this one and I truly love the light and lively verse, not scary but one for the family. Very nicely done in flow and rhyme as always. This could be a new Halloween

 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017

Comment from rama devi
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How clever to personify holidays. I don't think I've seen that done before. Well done! The opening drew me in. Poor Halloween, like a bug in a jar! The scansion is forced on that line, but there is not getting around it and it sounds fine read aloud as metrical substitution.
Fantastic rhymes. Well timed phrasing. Good imagery and tone.



Valentine(')s crooned, "Please leave her alone.

This is a funny poetic portrait:
Fourth of July soon puffed out his chest
loudly proclaiming that he was the best.

Good G-words:
"Old graveyards and ghouls--gaunt ghosts are your thing.

Witty--and fun rhymes too:

Thanksgiving belched then soon started to snore.
Halloween knew she was being ignored.
"ALL of us matter," she shouted in anger.
Stephen King watched from his Mansion in Bangor.

Stephen King has forced scansion, but he can't help how is name is pronounced.

Scansion force here--not as smoothly--suggest revising:

"Here, put these on," the King of horror ordered.

BTW: cornered and ordered--great slant rhyme!

Easter dressed up like a hippie, quite groovy.

Great slant rhymes here too:

Once the holidays had donned their disguises
they went trick -or- treating; joy spread like a virus.
Everyone loved it; "Can we do this again?"
Valentine's asked as chocolate dripped down her chin.

Good closing summation and great rhymes too:L

Now, each Halloween from a Victorian Mansion,
the holidays gather to promote the expansion
of Halloween cheer throughout neighborhood streets.
Should you see them, be kind when they shout--"Trick or Treat!"

As always--fantastic presentation!!!

Happy Halloween (a month early)

Warmly, rd

 Comment Written 01-Oct-2017