Smashed Pumpkin Brains

What’s it like to be an orange Pumpkin-head.

Only black sockets for eyes instead.

And a cut-out smile full of seeds.

Queer ears made of rings and beads.

Inside, your brain is scooped out for pigs feed.

Leaving a dark void that doesn’t bleed.

On top you’re like a crinkled dome.

And your sore neck’s being speared home.


What’s it like to have a retina thread,

As a throbbing nerve-end tread.

With your cell fibres smashed to a pulp.

Knifing across your tender scalp.

Ebbing towards your aching neck.

And crushing you like a busted shipwreck.

Then a wooden spike pierces your fragile brain.

Where the horrid harpoon spreads your pain.


Photo Source: Amazing Halloween Jack O’Lantern pumpkins, carved by Ray Villafane

Ivor Steven.

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

34 thoughts on “Smashed Pumpkin Brains”

    1. Thanks Sue, haha, my words are there to be enjoyed, whether they’re real or not, that doesn’t matter to me, as long as the readers thinks they’re were worth reading, then I’m quite happy within myself.

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  1. That was so creative! I felt a bit of a halloweeny Tim Burton style touch to it, which I adore. I hope your pain is getting less and less present. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, I always feel privileged to read you! Hugs!!

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  2. Yay Halloween poem! 🎃 it’s so good but I can’t help feel when it comes to pumpkin carving I’ll be having some real feelings of guilt! I’ll just tell the poor thing it’s much needed surgery! 😂💖

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  3. Congratulations on having this poem published. It deserves a medal. It is yuck, yuck, yucky, creepy to the max, absolutely perfect in its description, a real treasure for Halloween.

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    1. High praise indeed, thank you dear Helene. Metaphorically it’s about my occipital neuralgia, that I sometimes have to endure. Happily it’s been reasonably under control this year.

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      1. Ivor, that must be very painful, you certainly described it totally the way you must feel it. Well done. Wishing you better days.

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