Haiku For October 2023

“When life gives you pumpkins, make pie.” — Unknown

K R Smith
1 min readOct 30, 2023

Yes, it’s that month again when orange gourds inundate garden centers all over the country. They are mostly used for decorations — and sometimes pie. Cultivars specifically raised for their flavor, color, and sugar content make the best pies, of course. Many of them, the Blue Hubbard and Grey Ghost, for example, aren’t even orange on the outside. Fortunately, the flesh inside has the proper hue. And while you can make a pie out of nearly any pumpkin, the ones used for carving or outside decoration won’t be quite as good.

But those plain, old, run-of-the-mill pumpkins are just perfect for a scary Jack-o’-Lantern! And that makes them quite special in my book. It is to these pumpkins I dedicate this month’s haiku.

Pumpkins on pallets  at Jake’s Produce on Broomes Island, Maryland, USA.

For those using a screen reader, the haiku is:

Sitting in a pile,
Pumpkins wait for Halloween
To get their smile back

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