Dear Friends,

October 31st. Halloween.  Samhain (SOW wen)  or "summer's end".  For the Celts, this date marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter; a New Year. Marking nature's circle, it celebrated that in every ending is a new beginning.   Traditionally, it was the day when the door between worlds opened, when the souls of the dead and other spirits could visit our world, thus the easiest day to communicate with them.  From this tradition evolved All Saints' and All Souls' Days, All Hallows Eve and much of our Halloween lore.

This is the first issue of A VISION AND A VERSE to celebrate this holiday and rich time of year.  It's a pleasure and an honor to bring it to you.

This issue also features a longer poem for the shorter days;

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween - Approaching Samhain

When I was seven, I'd go looking for witches.
 I didn't want to meet them             really
just glimpse them
because I knew that they were there,
their presence palpable in the raw October air
that smelled of apples and rotting wood.
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