“Hallowe’en Awakening”

In 2006, Karen Romanko initiated SFPA’s annual Halloween Poetry Reading and invited members to submit audio files of their spooky poetry for the public to enjoy. At that time, I was the Website Coder, and so I came up with a design for the page and served as editor/curator for the audio files and seasonal graphics/photographs. With the exception of 2014, I continued to serve as editor; eventually, the webmaster took over the online portion of the page.

I wrote and recorded “Halloween Awakening” for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2015 Online Halloween Poetry Reading.


Please visit the SFPA 2015 Online Halloween Poetry Reading page to listen to others written and recorded by members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. In September or October 2016, the link will lead to the 2016 announcements, and there should be a link to take you to the archived 2015 edition.

“Halloween Awakening”
by Lizl Bennefeld

I awake to chill and silence,
feeling faint, my eyesight dim,
feet light upon the boards as I arise.

What is it that’s dissolving?
Is it just the shoreline under fog?
My feet obscured by mist?
Has the solid stone vanished under ocean waves,
The sand melted away beneath my feet?

Has the universe disintegrated? Or
have I died, unraveled into wisps of cloud…
and blown away…

Copyright © 2015-10-18, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld. Originally written for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2015 Online Halloween Poetry Reading, co-editors Lizl Bennefeld and Shannon Connor Winward, and published in audio format on 19 October 2015 at http://www.sfpoetry.com/halloween.html. (Links to previous Halloween Reading pages can be found at the bottom of that web page.)