Monday, June 06, 2022

as I lay me down to sleep


childhood nightmares never go away
the roaring lions and underground hollows 
the things in corners, cupboards, under beds

I force myself to wait until it is morning 
to call out to my parents--on a phone line 
to hear them tell me everything will be okay

In every country a small goddess runs away
refuses worship, says she wants to be normal 
asking: surely, it's better to take than to just give

I see how she forces herself to still in hollows 
as animals stare, scatter, screech in importance 
I see how she wills her silence, says she'll be okay
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Pic: Scout tells me this poem is bunk and sticks out his tongue.


1 comment:

Gillian said...

Is Scout a poet too?

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