Electric Dreams

THE MONSTER
La BÍte Noir

Patricia Garfield


(Electric Dreams)  (Article Index)  (Search for Topic)  (View Article Options)

Garfield, Patricia (2005 March). The Monster (La BÍte Noir). Electric Dreams 12(3).





Mommy and Daddy are playing cards downstairs.
I lie beside the coats on someone's bed in
The dark and say my prayers.

The door's ajar enough to see the shapes of stuff.
I lace my fingers through the fur
Of a stranger's cuff.

Below, the voices murmur, a muffled laugh lifts
Above the slap-slap of the cards
As drowsily I drift--

Suddenly I see It in the corner behind the door--
Bigger than Daddy, a monster with
Shaggy black hair--or--

Too scared to move, I whimper as I stare,
A crackle snaps across the floor,
A puff of breeze, a furry arm--a bear!

It's going to pounce--I scream with all my might.
Clumping pounds up the stairs, clamor, uproar.
A glare of light.

"What's wrong?" I point a shaky finger. "Where?"
Tear-streaked, I squeak, "There, there!"
Daddy pushes the door wide to reveal hanging
On its backside--
The bathrobe Beast in its fuzzy hide.