Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Eviction, Noticed"

Here is the second of the poems from October 2008 that janetmiles decided to sponsor today.  Series sponsor ladymondegreen. It was inspired by a prompt from minor_architect.

In case you're wondering, sometimes it is possible to sponsor poems from previous fishbowls.  You can ask, and I'll check my records.  It might have been sold already (and thus might be available for reprint) or might be on some editor's desk (and thus unavailable for the time being) or might be available right now.


Eviction, Noticed


On eviction day,
I was startled to discover
that I hadn’t been living alone after all.
There we all were on the lawn:

the bogeyman from the bathroom
whose job had been banging on the pipes,

the monster under the bed
and his cousin from the closet,

even the little old lady ghost
in her transparent housecoat,

and me.

The policemen who’d come
to escort me out were so dumbfounded
they didn’t even reach for their guns.

As the two monsters cleaned the blood from their claws,
I said, “What did you do that for?”

“Hey, it was our  house too,”
said the monster under the bed.
“We can’t live there with it empty.”

“So what will you do now?” I asked.

“I dunno,” they said.
Then they picked up their luggage and trudged away.




EDIT 2/6/10: There is now a sequel.
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