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Poem: "Tucked Away"

This poem came out of the October 18, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by zianuray.  Sometimes, even the extraordinary people want a little taste of the ordinary ... even if it doesn't always work out that way in the end.  You can find the other poems in the Monster House series via my Serial Poetry page.


Tucked Away


For my birthday,
I wanted to do something ordinary,
so I asked to have a slumber party.
It took a while to talk my parents into it
but eventually they agreed.

Six little girls from my class
got to come over,
while our nonhuman housemates
made themselves scarce.
The house seemed oddly empty.

We had fun, though,
playing Monopoly and Twister
since Hide and Seek was,
as my mother said,
inadvisable.

There was a bit of a scare
the next morning
when Susie turned up missing.

We ran through the house
looking for her,
and I finally found her
tucked away in the bathroom closet,
sound asleep.

The monster in the closet
spread his hands and whispered,
"I swear I never set foot out of this closet,
but it didn't do any good."
Susie was wrapped in a spare blanket
and curled like a kitten around his ankles.

"Well, at least we tried,"
I said, bending down
to shake Susie awake for breakfast.
"Don't tell anyone," I advised her.

"Who would believe me?"
said Susie.  "Except for you."
We shared a conspiratorial grin.

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catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: October 20th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I do like these monster poems. :-)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 20th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that. There are a bunch of new ones from the fishbowl yesterday, all now listed on the serial poetry page.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: October 20th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome! :-D
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: October 20th, 2011 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
One out of six is a pretty good hit rate for finding people who not only acknowledge but approve of your Weird -- even given that the narrator was picking people she got along well with. Was Naomi at the sleepover?

It does sound like an uncomfortable night for the monster in the closet, though.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 20th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>One out of six is a pretty good hit rate for finding people who not only acknowledge but approve of your Weird -- even given that the narrator was picking people she got along well with.<<

Good point.

>> Was Naomi at the sleepover?<<

I'm thinking yes.

>>It does sound like an uncomfortable night for the monster in the closet, though.<<

Well, awkward, at least. He was asked to be discreet, and that failed totally. He has some ability to phase between different places, whether or not they are normally big enough to hold his whole body. I don't know if he can do that with someone wrapped around him -- quite possibly not. He might still be able to fit in the closet but be more or less stuck standing in one position for half the night. Poor guy.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: October 21st, 2011 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

They're all very civilized, the monsters in this house. I wonder if that's because they're respected and treated like housemates rather than monsters?

I'm reminded of the old cartoons with the tiny kitten and the huge bulldog.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 21st, 2011 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>>They're all very civilized, the monsters in this house. I wonder if that's because they're respected and treated like housemates rather than monsters?<<

Largely so, yes. Most beings are contextual, and will behave decently if treated decently. But they are still monsters in some regards; their practices, perspectives, and moralities aren't always the same as human versions. Then again, some humans are monstrous too. I think this series is turning into a good exploration of what makes a person, what makes a family, and how different viewpoints can coexist.

>>I'm reminded of the old cartoons with the tiny kitten and the huge bulldog.<<

Like this?
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: October 21st, 2011 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Gah! Ninja'd by my own partner!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 21st, 2011 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

*LAUGH* And just whose fault do you think it is that I was able to read that description, remember the bulldog's name, and find him online? I've always been pretty good at remembering what was IN cartoons. You're largely responsible for most of the names attached to them.
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: October 21st, 2011 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Pussyfoot and Marc Antony (spelled Marc Anthony only in the first of the set), from several Merrie Melodies; the most famous of which was the first, "Feed the Kitty". Some of Chuck Jones' best work!
eseme From: eseme Date: October 22nd, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my! And a new friend who can visit more often (since she knows about the monsters). I hope Susie comes by again.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 22nd, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

No matter how weird you think you are, someone out there will be okay with that. It's just a matter of finding them.

You can always keep notes for prompts you want to drop in the future.
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