Night Time

Night time

the traditional harbinger of terrors

of creaks and squeaks

ghouls and ghosts


dismembered souls

from dark and atmospheric movies

Night time

behind one set of neatly drawn curtains

holds no such terrors

for the nightmares begin at dawn

and stretch further than the eye can see

into a day of indiscriminate fear and pain and


Nightmares from which no sudden waking

can offer release or reassurance

Night time

where the creaks and squeaks

are accompanied by ghouls

of flesh and blood



© John Birch