Image and text of "Halloween Decisions" poem from children's poetry book "Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain" by Barbara Vance

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Halloween Decisions

I didn’t know just what to be
For Halloween this year.
I thought about an alien,
But chose a buccaneer.

I shifted to a skeleton
And then to Frankenstein,
But thought it would be most unique
To be a porcupine.

“Enough’s enough!” my mother said,
“Your list goes on and on!
You need to make a choice before
My sanity is gone!”

And so I came up with
A very clever compromise:
I’m a super-hero-cowboy-ghost
With glowing spider eyes.

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

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