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Poem: "No Vacancy"

This poem came out of the August 2, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from aldersprig and janetmiles, then sponsored by janetmiles.  It belongs to the Monster House series.  Not everyone thinks of "monster" the same way...


No Vacancy


It was my wife who opened the door
when the witch hunters came to our house.

The lurking shadow leaned around the door
and glared at the witch hunters.
The monsters under-the-bed and in-the-closet
formed a furry wall behind my wife.
Then the bogeyman arrived, lean and pale,
causing their jaws to drop as they stared up at him.
They did not even notice our daughter's seeing-eye gremlin
urinating on their shiny black shoes.

"Sorry, we're full up on monsters right now,"
my wife said evenly.
"Try the house across the street."

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bkwrrm_tx From: bkwrrm_tx Date: August 4th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like that one. :-)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 4th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

That's good to hear.
zianuray From: zianuray Date: August 4th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely HOWLED with delight at this one -- scared the Tribble, in fact!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 4th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

It's always fun when I can make someone laugh out loud.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: August 4th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
*chortle* Yes, yes, love it, yes, YES
whuffle From: whuffle Date: August 5th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
*I just laughed so damned hard in the middle of my gaming session and then had to read this to my game group who all laughed their asses off too.

Thanks so much for sharing!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad I could make you laugh, followed by everyone else.
eseme From: eseme Date: August 5th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Bah ha ha!

Oh, perfect. I do like that response.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

That's good to hear.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: August 5th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
They did not even notice our daughter's seeing-eye gremlin
urinating on their shiny black shoes.


They will later. Heh.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)

*laugh*

Heh. Yeah.
natasiakith From: natasiakith Date: August 5th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I have tweeted a link to this under the title best thing ever. Because it is.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

That is so sweet. I appreciate the signal boost.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 5th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
BWAH HA HA HA HA! I love it!
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 5th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
seeing-eye gremlin

LOL! I love this series!

Reminds me a little of Lyria. All her children are artificial creatures, could be considered monsters; even the ones that look human. Meriel is part cat. Jedocas is a man-sized rat with appropriately sized cockroach wings. Arrandine is a very large and sentient dog with monkey hands he tucks under his abdomen. She has other "children" that are sentient spirits made from the souls of insects. And her apparently human staffers and soldiers, half or more of them are made from corpses; the rest are descended from individuals who used to be corpses.

Oh yeah, and Lyria's lab is full of imps. Even the fortress itself is alive.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 7th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

>>LOL! I love this series!<<

That's always fun to hear.

>>Reminds me a little of Lyria. All her children are artificial creatures, could be considered monsters; even the ones that look human. <<

What a fascinating family!
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 5th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
If you don't already, you should make a tag for the monster house poems.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

My tag list is already huge; I'm reluctant to add more tags in a category that would involve a lot of expansion, as the serials would. I've been using the "Serial Poetry" page as a guide so that people can find all the poems in a series, and I try to link that to the series poems.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 9th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I had a thought about this series last night: Does the blind girl use her magical eye pendant at school? If so, what do her teachers think of it? I can see it being difficult to explain being blind and somehow able to read regular writing, too.

Or does she get homeschooled by the monsters?
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