An eyeball in my garden: and other spine-tingling poems by Laura Wynkoop

By Laura Wynkoop

"For all who bravely dare
To learn this haunted sonnet,
May you be made aware
A spell’s been forged upon it."

From spiders to mummies to the elusive Boogeyman, those pages carry a bit of of every thing creepy, crawly, and simply simple spooky. With a pinch of terror and a touch of humor, readers can be forged right into a shadowy international, the place creatures lurk and nightmares live. Surprises abound on each web page, ready to drag in readers...sometimes literally...

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41 Our Neighborhood By Kevin McNamee Welcome to our neighborhood Where frightful things are seen, When you go trick-or-treating Down our street on Halloween. We’ve candy from the dollar store, At five bags for a buck. That’s what it cost ten years ago. I think it’s moving—yuck! Ms. Johnson saves her pennies, Which she gives out as a treat. I think she stores them in her shoes— Her pennies smell like feet! 42 The dentist hands out dental floss, But never any sweets. And crazy Mr. Haggerty Gives grocery receipts.

That’s truly chilling,” cried the witch. “That’s such a spooky creature. ” gasped the troll. “If I could go, I would. ” 52 The Highland Train By Laura Wynkoop One hundred years ago tonight, When clouds obscured the heavens’ light, The track was slick and silver-white Along this cold plateau. The Highland Train was running late. The track curved west; the train went straight. On screaming brakes, it met its fate Beneath the falling snow. Now once a year, you hear click-clack, And catch a glimpse of gleaming black.

The local townsfolk, young and old, all know the well is cursed, And those who dare to make a wish had best expect the worst. But still each year, unheeding children close their eyes and grin. They focus on their deepest dreams and throw their pennies in. Before their pennies plunge too far, those children hear the sound Of grumbling growls and scraping claws from deep beneath the ground. A slimy, withered hand appears with skin a ghostly gray. The children freeze—they barely breathe, too scared to run away.

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