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Poem: "Vigil Ante"

This poem came out of the March 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from kelkyag and sponsored by rix_scaedu.  It's a direct sequel to "Not Mine."  You can read other poems in the Monster House series via the Serial Poetry page.


Vigil Ante


It is always a gamble
to seek justice in the human world.

The lurking shadow
knows what evil people do
when they believe that no one is watching.
He has seen it all before.

The monsters under-the-bed
and in-the-closet understand
that not all childhoods are made of
hair ribbons and candy canes.

The little old lady ghost
has seen her son shipped away
and sent back home in a box,
then seen through walls
and learned to read bloodstains.

Every time they call attention to themselves,
it is a risk: every person who sees them
and knows them for what they are
could be a danger.

It is always a gamble --
yet they do it anyway,
trying in their own way
to make the world a better place
whether by their hand or by ours.

Let the world do as it will.
I and mine will keep their secrets.
I tiptoe back up the stairs without a glass of water
and leave them in the kitchen
to comfort the silently weeping bogeyman.

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kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: March 8th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
<sniffles>
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: March 9th, 2012 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor bogeyman.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 9th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

For all his ferocity when riled up, he is a real softie at heart. Some parts of his job description take him through a lot of horrible incidents.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: March 10th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
What happened to bogey?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 10th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

As mentioned in the header above the poem, "Vigil Ante" is a direct sequel to "Not Mine." He's melting down after having walked in on an unpleasant incident of child abuse. This does not make for a restful night in Monster House.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: March 10th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Ah yes, I should have known that.
catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: March 10th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
You made me splash tears on my shirt. Poor Bogey.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 11th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you found this poem so touching.

Yeah, he had a seriously rotten day.
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