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Monsters in Your Bed

When you’re young, you hear the stories
Of the monsters under your bed
They will leave you sleepless
With that sense of fear and dread

You grow older and the monsters
Just don’t scare you anymore
But day by day you find that monsters
Aren’t always the kind from old folklore

They don’t all have horns and wicked scorns
And scaly, crimson skin
Not all have fangs, in evil gangs
Or can be scared off by holy bling

No.. some monsters are actually quite handsome
And charming to a fault
You could look them in the eye and be
Convinced that butter wouldn’t melt

These monsters (I swear) are the worst kind
I urge you to stay away
For they’ll chase and hunt you, torment you
Like you’re nothing but easy prey

If only when you were young, you heard the stories
Of the monsters in your bed

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Let me know what you think. I'm going to be competing at a Poetry Slam event this weekend. I still haven't decided on the poem. I've got a few in mind- and I think this new one might be one of my favourites. Obviously I would need to make it longer to get to the 2 minutes. Thanks guys Xxx
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I offer a hug. I'm Deeply affected by this.

I wish it wasn't so.

Love Jayne xox

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” — W.B. Yeats

I'm sure a lot of women will be affected by this one. I'm going to put an extended version in the Fractured Woman exhibition.
Thanks for reading Xxx

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enough to make it two minutes long, but I will tell you that I think it does need
a few extra words.

They [will] leave you sleepless

You grow older and [the] monsters

But by [daylight] you['ll] find those monsters

[Or] be scared off by holy bling

And [are] charming to a fault

As always, these are just suggestions, use them or not.
You may come up with something better. ~ Geezer.

This must be the place, 'cause there ain't no place like this place anywhere near this place

Thanks Geezer- a good suggestion :) I will put those in Xxx

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by capitalization is something I'm not a fan of. We are poets here, yes? When we read we know what is to be emphasized. That is my opinion. Some overdo that but you do it in what may be seen as a more proper way (minimal)
Those monsters, if not scary then quite destructive. You bring to light a harsh reality. There exists those who get pleasure from hurting others.
Good job, good rhythm.
A good read,


"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape... " (Picasso)

I see your point, I will take out the capitalisation.
Thanks for reading and for your comment xx

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A good poem leaves you stunned for a moment. This did just that. If it's at all written from a bad experience I hope you find your peace. But it is a beautiful piece of work.

Hi Trail- thank you so much for the kind words!

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you could pause for a minute after every comma and every line?

*hugs, Cat

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Hi Cat,
Thank you so much for the advice! I decided to go with a different poem for the Slam, but maybe next time :)

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This resonates deeply with me for many reasons. This is a powerful piece indeed. Well done!!


Hi Carrie,
Thanks so much for reading, and for your kind comment Xxx

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Your poem I liked very much. You are right there are more fearful monsters in our midsts than in our dreams.

Thanks Clentin! I'm glad you enjoyed it Xx

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