Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Friday, April 22, 2011

Demons of the Night

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Beware the demons of the night
They come to haunt the faded blooms
They whisper curses in your ear
You can't escape when the demons are near

Beware the demons of the night
They're long of tooth and white of hair
They wear your scars as their costume
Long buried secrets they cruelly exhume

Beware the demons of the night
They know what scares you most of all
Affairs, divorce, their eyes can see
Perhaps it's middle age ennui?

Beware the demons of the night
Lock them in the closet tight
Be a good wife, don't make a fuss
Brew up the coffee, put the kids on the bus.


Christine said...

Just checked out Poets United, will definitely contribute there.
This poem makes me think of Mom, and wondering what her demons were?

The Book of Shadows (The Dark Side) said...

Your poem, it started to make me relate from the 2nd stanza.. and the last, it made me laugh.. Another nice flow in your writing.. :) *thumbs up*

I like the '...they wear your scars as costume..' say, now I knew how to tackle them next time, in the night.. :)


Dave King said...

So it's been them has it, the little critters!

Isabel Doyle said...

corrosive secrets - a life theme I think
good poem, good advice!

trisha said...

You portrayed these demons very perfectly.

hansi said...

That was good. Why do all the scary Demons always have to come out at night?

Mary said...

Very good! It seems demons are always MOST active in the night, especially the MIDDLE of a sleepless night.

M. A. S. said...

Oh I really like, "They wear your scars as their costume."

The Poet said...

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Powerful poem.

Doctor FTSE said...

Beautifully held metaphor. Well done.

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...


Very profound thoughts behind your words. A few untold secrets perhaps.....

Best wishes, Eileen

Fireblossom said...

I use Raid on them. ;-)

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