Afraid Of The Dark

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Afraid Of The Dark

what you can’t see
cannot hurt you
ghouls and ghosts
things of the dark
things you don’t understand.
close your eyes go to sleep
think of happy things and places
let your mind move on
be at peace child

the thing that scratches at the window
you know it’s just a branch
the creak of a floorboard
late at night
a cold chill that drifts
through a warm house
the unexpected cobweb
in your face
in a dusty room

imagination wandering
a child believes
a welcome lie
and goes to sleep
for half a century
time turns over
and the demons
come out to play again

dark eyes
pale face
an ache
a cough
the uneven
undulation of skin

what you can’t see
cannot hurt you
things of the dark
things you don’t understand
you are tired
close your eyes
tell yourself
the same old lies
what you can’t see
cannot hurt you

but it can……..

 

Inspired By: photograph by Richard Nixon (c) Rich Pictures

 

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 27th Oct 2014 12:10

YES! Harry - that's exactly where the clue is - thanks for commenting :-)

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Harry O'Neill

Sat 25th Oct 2014 15:12


I think the clue is in stanza four.

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 23rd Oct 2014 12:01

Laura
replied via facebook - don't want to give over the meaning here - otherwise I could have just written a paragraph of explanation and left the dark nuances of the poem out of the equation ;-)

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Laura Taylor

Thu 23rd Oct 2014 09:37

What is it about?

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 22nd Oct 2014 16:36

that's not what it's about

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Laura Taylor

Wed 22nd Oct 2014 16:15

Have you just completely dispensed with punctuation now Ian? There's a distinct lack of it in your recent blogs. There's an ellipsis there, but they do only have 3 dots.

This should be scary, but it isn't. It doesn't build any real suspense. I can see what you're trying to say, but so okay - the child goes to sleep, wakes up at, what, about 55? Alive? Or dead? If alive, why the skull? If dead, and relating to the skull, why the detail about eyes, a cough, and skin etc?

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