A Nauseous Nocturn

by David A., Age 10 , Grade 4, Houston, TX USA

A Nauseous Nocturn

Another night deprived of slumber

Hours passing without number

My eyes trace around the room; I lay.


Dripping sweat and now quite certain

That tonight the final curtain

Drops upon my short life’s precious play


From the darkness, by the closet

Comes a noise, much like a faucet

Makes a maddening drip, drip dripping sound.


It seems some ill-proportioned beast,

Anticipating me deceased,

Is drooling poison puddles on the ground


A can of Mace, a 45

Is all I’d need to stay alive,

But no weapon lies within my sight


Oh my gosh! A shadow’s creeping

Ominous and black, it’s seeping

Slowly ‘cross a moonlight square of light


Suddenly a floorboard creek

Announces the blood sucking freak

Is here to steal my future years away!


A sulfurous smell now fills the room

Heralding my imminent doom

A fang gleams in the dark murky gray


Oh, blood-red eyes and tentacles

Throbbing, pulsing ventricles

Mucous oozing pores and frightful claws


Worse in terms of outright scariness

Are the sucking multifarious

That grab and force you in its mighty jaws


I know this cause I read it not

2 hours ago and then I got the heebie-jeebies

And these awful shakes


My parents swore upon their honor

That I was safe and not a goner

I guess tomorrow they’ll see their sad mistake


As speedily my end approaches

I bid a final “Buenas Noches”

To my best friend in the world (my cat)


Gently snoring, whiskers seeming

To sniff at smells (he must be dreaming)

He lies snuggled in the blankets curled


Hey wake up you stupid cretin

You gonna sleep while I get eaten?

Suddenly the monster knows I’m not alone


Rid of the pest

Now I can rest

Thanks to my friend who saved the day

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