Cauldron of Emotions

by Belinda Munoz on October 26, 2010


On the surface
between the midnight-black edge
and the ghost-white sheen
of an Allhallows Eve moon
a treat –

Deep within
a whirlpool
at the skeletal marrow
of the bloody core
red-hot orange stew
ablaze with
near the brim
threatening to spew
like Kilauea

Cauldron of emotions
stir the pot
boil the bones
temper the fire
simmer down to a
put a lid on it
a trick –
of jangled nerves
at bay

Giving the bats
room to rest
on the Day
of the Dead.



  • Ever have trouble containing your negative emotions?
  • Ever feel the need to hide your positive emotions?
  • What’s that all about?
  • More importantly, will you be dressing up for Halloween?  If so, as what?

This is for One Shot Wednesday — a space where writers go, words flow, thoughts echo, feelings show.  Come follow!


Image by Athena’s Pix

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1 Timoteo October 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm

A fun one…thanks for stirring the pot for Halloween!


2 Claudia October 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm

nice halloween teaser you wrote – and was surprised that the german word “schadenfreude” is used in english as well – nice!!


3 brian October 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

wow. intense scene you create…boil the bones…perfect for the season…did you do the art as well? nice one shot!


4 Steve Isaak October 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

One of the best poems I’ve read this week – up there w/ Lady Nyo’s and Michael Perkins’s work (my other faves of the week, thus far. . . I think I forgot the name of another writer in that category, sorry whoever you are!). Wish I’d written this, it’s perfect, and oh so relatable. (Sometimes being a writer doesn’t mean one is a good speaker – can’t edit it once you’ve said in front of witnesses, who later my die (j/k), right?)


5 Meg October 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Cool! Definitely need to give those bats room to rest around here ;D

Since I live in a town with a lot of one-way streets and drivers who are blissfully unaware of this fact, I am constantly keeping a lid on negative emotions, no matter how justified they may be.

Same with the positive emotions, because if I do not keep them in check I cannot drive super-defensively, as per above sentence. Trite examples, perhaps, but methinks the locals are partaking of the contents of the cauldron by the way they drive these days.

Of COURSE I’m dressing up for Halloween! At the risk of embarrassing my nearest and dearest, too. I’m doing Project 333, so am embellishing my single black dress with orange and black striped tights and a witch hat to hand out candy, and when the candy runs out, I’ll drive over to my son’s house and trick or treat there ;D


6 Positively Present October 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Ooh, I love this, Belinda! Halloween is my favorite day of the year!


7 Sender UpWords October 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Fun read. Second stanza is my favourite part. Nice One Shot. Love and Light, Sender


8 Dulce October 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Another great Halloween shot
Great ONE


9 [email protected] from a Peaceful Divorce October 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I love it! The photo is great, as always.

I am going as pirate lass. Arghhh!


10 BigLittleWolf October 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm

You’re definitely getting us in the mood… and other than a few baby pumpkins on the stoop, we’re not ready for the invasion of the candy snatchers!

I’m dressing as snarly little mom – because I’ll have to stare at the candy and not eat it waiting for munchkins to knock on the door!!!##!!!


11 Aging Mommy October 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Great Halloween teaser. I am SO looking forward to Halloween this year but will not be dressing up. My daughter will be Minnie Mouse and her costume looks divine on her so all eyes will be on her anyway :-)


12 Victoria October 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Very unique Halloween poem…really creates the mood.


13 Shashi October 27, 2010 at 1:14 am

Very vry imaginative and beautiful.. I liked it so much…

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14 Phil - Less Ordinary Living October 27, 2010 at 5:50 am

Belinda – powerful and visceral. That is a huge dose of emotion swirling in your cauldron. Use it well this Halloween.



15 Rudri October 27, 2010 at 6:57 am

Fun Halloween poem Belinda. I won’t be dressing up, but my little one is excited about dressing up as a lady bug.


16 The Exception October 27, 2010 at 7:57 am

It is balmy and windy here – very atypical for this late in October and not feeling like Halloween at all… and here you have written this delightful view inside a witch’s stew!! Love it!!


17 Justine October 27, 2010 at 10:24 am

The description is so pitch perfect, it’s palpable. Very “Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” I love it.


18 ayala October 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

Fun Halloween poem Belinda ! I will be dressing up as a Roman Godess…


19 Lady Nyo October 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm

This is an amazing and shocking poem! All meant in the best of senses….it is creepy, dark, falling over the edge, and absolutely Haunting!!!

Love this! I wish I had written this!!!

Lady Nyo


20 SuziCate October 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Cauldren of emotions…what a great take on a Halloween theme. I really like what you did with this.


21 tuberider October 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Now that’s a Halloween poem if I ever saw one. Loved the tempo of the last stanza. Very cool.


22 mona October 27, 2010 at 11:36 pm

There is a wonderful flow in this poem. It is very intense! Really a cauldron of emotions!


23 KB October 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm

When we keep our emotions locked up inside, they must spill out eventually. I enjoyed your OS.


24 pete marshall October 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm

wonderful…a great share for one shot..cheers pet


25 Jannie Funster October 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm

What a cool string of words and images.

And that picture, I’m not sure if it’s looking up or looking down, but I like it a lot.



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