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.