Wearing a costume
makes stealing a kiss tricky.
Bobbing for apples.
Two rubber masks bumping together,
or one person’s makeup smudging the other’s whole face
doesn’t sound romantic.
But there is something about being semi-anonymous that brings
out the braver and bolder part of some people.
“Give me a couple of beers and a past president’s mask,
and suddenly I’m charming,
and a good dancer, too.”
On the other hand, an eye patch and a plastic cutlass is all it takes
to make some people behave
like real scoundrels and scallywags.
So remember that not everyone knows we are just acting like we are rude,
and not really rude at heart.
And although I feel like I’m the life of the party, it’s important not to be the 200 pound
(man dressed as a) gorilla in the room.
And remember not to kiss strangers in the dark.
Blacklight makes everyone look younger, thinner and smarter.
Try to be the treat and not the trick. That’s all I ‘m saying.
Missed Connections are filled with good, bad and Halloween-costume-haiku. Did you write one? Did you find one? Before you start trick and treating, email the link to Lovelorn Poets. We’ll preserve those scallywagging-syllables for all eternity.