Monsters at Play
The doorbell is ringing, piercing, shrill.
And in my dread, I stand still,
And terror catches in my breath,
As the pounding on the door
Makes my heart beat with a deafening roar.
I wish it all would go away
But on the streets, monsters shout and play,
Witches, wizards, warlocks, ghosts,
Goblins, ghouls and evil hosts,
All called forth from an Underworld
Where evil thrives and wands are twirled
Castings spells for some random treat
I shudder and shrink and stamp my feet.
Go away! Go away!
But still those monsters stay and play.
Eerie cries echo now
As vampires and werewolves
Screech and howl,
And zombies dance with the necromancer.
It is All Hallows Eve.
I should be brave and answer
The hollow knock,
I need to face the shock
Of spirits and apparitions
But I am locked in with my superstitions.
Face my fears, I know I must
For this night is the one where trust
It thrust through the door
If I can brave the locks once more.
I hesitate but, in my wait,
The pounding grows insistent
My dread has made it more persistent.
So, with my heart beating loud,
I open the door and what should be found,
Frankenstein with a bolted neck,
A ghoulishly green ogre Shrek,
A wicked wizard with magic rings
And a fairy with bright butterfly wings.
I gasp in horror,
Hold my heart against the terror
I hide my head, I shudder in fear,
This is all too much,
They shouldn’t be here
And then, as one “Trick or Treat” they scream
And I wish that it was all a dream
Sensing my dread, they giggle and laugh
As up behind them walks a strange giraffe
“It’s us Grandma” Their faces light up
And I relax just a little
Shake my head and say “No!”
“It is! It is” and their laughter sparkles
Like tinkling rainbow castles
Against the howling moon,
It is over all too soon,
As out from my goodie bag
I drag a swag
Of lollies and chocolate and other nice sweets,
For these little monsters deserve nothing but treats!
© Susan Schrader 10th October 2019
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