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Pumpkins and Poetry


Today I’d like to share two little October-themed poems with you.

“Harvest Moon” is my very first published poem. It appeared in the 2009 Texas Poetry Calendar, and was published under my maiden name, Carie Kinder. I wrote this poem in my head as I drove home from work one October night, the full moon guiding my way.

Harvest Moon

On the way home,
you caught my eye
and took my breath,
jack-o-lantern in the sky.

I barely believed
what I had seen—
I guess we’re all dressed
for Halloween.

The following haiku is one I wrote during an informal poetry class when I was at UT. It was also written before I was married, but, although I always loved the poem, I didn’t submit it for publication until many years later. It too found a home in the Texas Poetry Calendar, in 2013.

Calm, moon-glazed pumpkin
rests peacefully on the porch,
awaiting the knife.

Happy Carving,


Carie Juettner is a middle school teacher and the author of The Ghostly Tales of New England and The Ghostly Tales of Austin in the Spooky America series by Arcadia Publishing. Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications such as Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, the Texas Poetry Calendar, and Daily Science Fiction. Carie lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and pets. She was born on Halloween, and her favorite color is purple.

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