Poem with an explanation: waiting for one

waiting for one
the oranges hide
from the thought of expression


This poem is about jack-o-lanterns on Halloween.

In the poem, pumpkins (oranges) are hiding.  They don’t want to be turned into jack-o-lanterns (the thought of expression – jack-o-lanterns have faces that express an emotion).  They are waiting until November first (waiting for one) at which point no one will want them for jack-o-lanterns anymore.

Although this poem focuses on a silly idea, the ideas could be applied to other situations.  Think, for example, of a person hoping a meeting or class or something else ends before they are called upon.  They are waiting for a time to pass so they won’t have to speak.  It could be they are nervous or afraid to do so.  The general idea is the same.