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This is a boy.

This is a boy on the last night of October.
This is a boy in a costume grim and sober.

This is a boy who has been asked to go guising.
This is a boy who finds it wildly surprising.
This is a boy who is shy but enterprising.

This is a boy whose verse is a pitiful thing.
This is a boy who is far too bashful to sing.
This is a boy whose jokes either fall flat or sting.
This is a boy whose steps lack poise and graceful spring.

This is a boy who looks on as boys and girls dance
This is a boy who watches them juggle and prance
This is a boy who sees them recite in bold stance.
This is a boy who gives them all a careful glance.
This is a boy who observes and waits for his chance.

This is a boy who steps up with trepidation.
This is a boy who makes a keen observation.
This is a boy who speaks of maids and libation.
This is a boy whose words provoke consternation.
This is a boy blind to unease and vexation.
This is a boy who greets his treat with elation.

This is a boy who tells the present, infers the past.
This is a boy whose apt deductions flabbergast.
This is a boy who renders every face aghast.
This is a boy who answers questions that are asked.
This a boy whose young peers see that he goes last.

This is a boy who, by the last house, is replete.
This is a boy who is ‘bout to burst with sweet-meat.
This is a boy who looks sick-green and starts to bleat.
This is a boy decorating the lane with treat.

This is a boy put to bed without a quibble.
This is a boy who for days can’t bear a nibble.
This is a boy who gains reputation as sibyl.

This is a boy who stays at home next Hallow’s Eve
This is a boy who doesn’t mourn, who doesn’t grieve.

This is a boy.

This is a boy on the last day of October.
This is a boy not in costume grim or sober.

This is a boy who shares fright tales with his brother.
This is a boy enjoying treats from his mother
This is a boy who wants this fun and no other.

This is a boy not invited to go guising.
This is a boy who finds it most unsurprising.

This is a boy.