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Tricked Out
by Vivian Wagner 

Here’s what I’m dressing up as

for Halloween: a crabby lady

who keeps her porch light off,

waiting for the hoards of

princesses and pandas to go away.

I have my costume all ready –

yoga pants and a sweatshirt --

and I’ve cued up Netflix and

made a bowl of popcorn.,

just to add to the realism.

I think it’ll go over well.

 

About Vivian

 

Vivian Wagner lives in New Concord, Ohio, where she’s an associate professor of English at Muskingum University. Her work has appeared in Slice Magazine, Muse/A Journal, Forage Poetry Journal, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Gone Lawn, The Atlantic, Narratively, The Ilanot Review, Silk Road Review, Zone 3, Bending Genres, and other publications. She's the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington); a full-length poetry collection, Raising (Clare Songbirds Publishing House); and three poetry chapbooks: The Village (Aldrich Press-Kelsay Books), Making (Origami Poems Project), and Curiosities (Unsolicited Press).