by Shawn M. Klimek
[Inspired by the brilliant Dawn DeBraal’s ‘Halloween Time‘]
Freddy’s Time-Freeze invention fulfilled its intention at eight-fifteen, Halloween night.
Wherever he aimed, every action freeze-framed. Then he robbed all the candy in sight
Every princess or ghost became stuck like a post, every zombie stood still, as though dead.
Where they stopped in their tracks, Freddy ransacked their sacks. “Trick or treat”, suckers!” he said.
Once his own bag was filled, Freddy scampered home thrilled at the prospect of eating his loot.
Every sugary yummy went into his tummy. Every gummy bear flavored like fruit,
Every chocolaty, nougaty, nugget of booty, stuffed his belly until it ballooned.
Even more than he liked, Freddy’s blood-sugar spiked, until he got dizzy and swooned.
Once his head hit the floor, the world turned as before. Time resumed marching forward and fleeting.
And while he lay dozin’, the children he’d frozen, blissfully resumed trick-or-treating.
Freddy woke to a shout when his father found out and confiscated his freezer.
“I’ll keep this ‘til you’re old!” He proceeded to scold, then misfiring, turned Fred into a geezer.
Shawn M. Klimek is the internationally published, multi-genre author of more than 170 poems and stories, including many cited for special recognition or featured in best-of collections. He is the author of Hungry Thing, an illustrated fantasy tale told in five poems. He lives in Illinois, USA, with his wife and their Maltese.