You want so much to be brave,
to treat the darkness as if it is
a small tunnel from which you will emerge
in just a few moments,
but you know morning is hours away
and who knows what monsters
lurk in the shadows of the night.
Night time, a time when floorboards creak
as they settle themselves down to rest
and the least little noise sets your heart racing.
You want and need to turn on the light
but the switch is a few feet away
and fear keeps you bound to the bed,
tense, tired and unable to sleep.
Shadows, you are afraid of the shadows,
for as you stare
they seem to grow and move
and your fear turns to stark terror.
You can hear your heart
beating in your chest, pounding on your ribs
as if it wants to be let out.
You want to creep across the floor
inch by inch to the switch
but as the shadows reach across the room
you pounce out of bed.
At last the switch is on.
The light banishing the darkness,
the terror of the night.