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Trick-or-Treat

May 7, 2013

by Erin Murphy

Halloween night, two black bears
tramped through town. The next day,
we awoke to a blur of fur on the front
page of the local paper. Had we passed
them on the sidewalk, my son a werewolf
under the full moon? Yes, I’m sure
we waved and praised their costumes.


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Erin Murphy (website) is the author most recently of Word Problems (Word Press, 2011). She is co-editor with Todd Davis of Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (SUNY Press, 2010). She teaches English and Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona. “Trick-or-Treat” is a demi-sonnet, a seven-line form she devised.

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  1. Elizabeth
    May 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    This was fabulous —

  2. May 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

    oh, nice!

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