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From Beneath the Bed (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo

[Author’s Note: Originally composed to submit for an anthology. It wasn’t a good fit there, but I think it should be fine here. Hope you enjoy it!]

Little Jimmy trembled because

    of the monster under his bed

But Little Jimmy trembled even harder

    when a monster came in

    through his window

A grumbling monster cloaked in darkness

  that smelled like stale ashes

    with a sharp blade

    held in one hand

But the monster under his bed

     used long claws to emerge

     and raise high above the intruder

     as a skeletal griffin who screeched

     at the far scrawnier monster

The monster from through the window

     paled like a frightened child

     then fled back into the night

    while the monster from under the bed

     received a gentle pat on the beak

     from a smiling Little Jimmy

And Little Jimmy never trembled

     at monsters in his room again


16 thoughts on “From Beneath the Bed (A Poem)

    1. It was an idea that I’ve had for quite a while. It feels like if the universe bestowed children with monsters under their beds, there could be a chance that at least some of them were meant as guardians. ^_^

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  1. As a child, I had a recurring nightmare – a burglar came in through my window with a lion. The lion sat on me while the burglar stole my treasures. I like your version much better!

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