Walt, born 1819. He moved around frequently
but at the end of his life
he settled where I started – New Jersey – 
which has more poetry than most imagine, 
and ghosts reciting from Camden to Newark.

Whitman house

Walt Whitman’s home on Mickle St. in Camden, New Jersey

Soul Cakes

haunted girl

Image by Shrikesh Kumar from Pixabay

All Hallows’ Eve from Samhain. Darkness coming.

Harvest’s end. Animals slaughtered for the winter.

Spirits of the dead transgress death’s border.

Pray to the saints. Bake soul cakes.

Lanterns and bonfires to keep ghosts away. 

More about Halloween’s past incarnations and more about the etymology of the word Halloween.