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Martie
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When evening comes
we check the doors and windows
twice, three times as
the elm that held the sun
turns its back
and dark leaves moan.

We lock ourselves in
against the black sky,
check the doors and windows
twice, three times.
The elm scratches at the
window
we listen
sure of the creatures
hiding
just beyond the bed.

The elm clutches
at the lamppost
we check the doors and windows
twice, three times.
We cannot lock out
the monsters of the night,
born in childhood nightmares.
They wake while we sleep
sure of the child
still in us.
© Copyright 1999 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 10-20-1999 12:23 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent, Martie. The last line is perfection. We all carry those monsters from our childhood in us and the childish fears remain, regardless of our age. Well done.
Andrew Scott
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And I heard a rap rap rapping at my door... damn the wind anyhow!
A fine read for this time of the year Martie... This is my kind of horror. Thanks for sharing.
Watcher666
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Well done! Liked this much!

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An excellent piece Martie!

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
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like this much martie, really well done
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Martie, this is a grat piece of writing, the attention to detail, the repetition of one, two, three for locking windows, doors. The final lines the icing on this cake. I liked it and it truly liked me
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