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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Thump (05/30/13)

TITLE: In the Night...
By Kenn Allan
06/05/13
~1st Place


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IN THE NIGHT…

Oh Lord, I beseech you
To watch over me,
There's somethin' a-bumpin'
I can't hardly see;
I know it's a-lurkin'
Just out of my sight…
That thing in my bedroom
That thumps in the night.

My closet creaks open
(Or was it the floor?)
An' I see a shadow
I'd not seen before
When I stuffed my new jacket
In there out of sight…
Oh! Save me from ghosties
That thump in the night!

What's that I'm a-seein'
Crouched under my bed?
Dust bunnies a-plenty
Or somethin' to dread?
If I touch the floorboards
Those critters might bite!
I'm trapped by the shadows
That thump in the night.

Outside in the hallway
I hear somethin' pause,
An' scratch at my doorjamb
With sharp scary claws;
I sure hope my kitty,
Miss Priss, is alright
If she meets with those beasties
That thump in the night.

I lay quiet and listen
Here flat on my back
To the werewolves a-howlin'
Just like my dog Jack;
The winds are a-blowin'
An' moon's shinin' bright―
Begone, all you nightmares,
That thump in the night!

Thank goodness, it's morning
An' light fills my room
To chase all the beasties
That lurked in the gloom;
An' as for the bumpin'
That gave me such fright,
My heart was the loudest
That thumped in the night.

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Ellen Carr 06/06/13
Your poem is great! Its rhythm and rhymes are excellent and it describes so well the noises of the night, real and imagined. Well done!
Laura Hawbaker 06/06/13
Good job. I love reading poems that flow along like this. Keep writing!
Judith Gayle Smith06/07/13
I LOVE this . . .
Matt Guddat06/11/13
very cool. Not a poem man myself, but it sucked me in.
lynn gipson 06/12/13
I smiled all the way through this one. All I can think of is the word EXCEPTIONAL! This would make a great children's book with illustrations. Just a joy to read.
Camille (C D) Swanson 06/13/13
Wonderful! A joyful and fun read.

God bless~
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/13/13
So glad to see you back in the game with such a well-done, fun piece!
Danielle King 06/13/13
Congratulations Ken. I really enjoyed this winning poem.
Brenda Rice 06/13/13
Congrats on your win. Great poem. Enjoyed it very much.
lynn gipson 06/13/13
Congrats on you very well deserved EC and 1st place win!
Charla Diehl 06/15/13
So glad to see you back in the FW challenge. You're the benchmark for the rest of us poets. I agree that this would be a great illustrated children's book--maybe you're one step ahead of us on that already. I've always enjoyed your entries for their content, rhyme and easy flow---and this is no exception. Congratulations on taking first place--not a surprise to me.
Leola Ogle 06/15/13
Congratulations, Kenn! Great job.