of monsters and boys

For the first day of school (in Bulgaria) I thought I would share one of my poems from Scars that Never Bled. Check out this video, read the poem, and make sure to pick up a copy.

of monsters and boys

mama holds him 
snug against her breast 
night darkens his room 
but mama lights a candle 

to protect him 
from darkness
from loneliness
from monsters

before he can gurgle
she whispers their secrets
in his eager ears

a monster is different
it is bigger 
it can hurt us 

he trembles in her arms
such a fragile thing 
she soothes him 
monsters are 
stupid and evil
and evil never wins

we are the same 
and have goodness
to protect us

mama blows out the light 
kisses his frightened brow

before he learns to walk
he knows monsters are different
and he is good


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