Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "The Girl He Brought Home"

This poem came out of the October 18, 2011 bonus fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from rix_scaedu and eseme.  It was sponsored by rix_scaedu.  "The Girl He Brought Home" belongs to the Monster House series and comes after "Not Mine."  You can find other poems in this series via the Serial Poetry page.

The Girl He Brought Home

When our son was seven,
he brought home a girl for the first time.
Her name was Melinda,
and they had a class project together.

She didn't say anything,
but she looked vaguely familiar.
"Does she live around here?"
I asked.

"She used to, I think,"
he said with a shrug.
"Now she lives with her grandmother
since her parents died when she was little."

Just then the bogeyman walked in,
not realizing that we had a guest.
He took one look at her and froze.

"Mister!" said Melinda.
She wrapped her arms around his legs.
Slowly he lifted a hand
to stroke the smooth black hair
that fell to her waist.

I remembered the toddler
that the bogeyman had brought here
several years ago.  "I thought
you only worked with bad boys and girls,"
I said to him.

"Well," the bogeyman muttered,
"I might have checked up on her
once or twice..."

"... a year," added the lurking shadow
in a stage whisper.

Melinda hid a smile
as she pressed herself
against the bogeyman's side.
"She doesn't talk much,"
our son said.

"Oh, you have a snake!"
Melinda said, and scampered over
to make cute hissy noises at the radiator dragon.

"Except to reptiles,"
our son added.  "She talks to
the teacher's pet boa constrictor."

"That's nice," I said to him,
watching Melinda lean over the radiator.

"So can we go work on our project now?"
he asked.  I nodded,
and they headed up the stairs
toward the library room.

The bogeyman stared after them
with a forlorn look on his face.
"Don't worry," I said
as I patted him on the shoulder.
"I get the feeling
that we'll be seeing more of her."

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