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Children's Poems
by Margo Fallis
The Monster Pit

Kya and Maya lay in bed as their mum read them a story
About monsters and ghosts and other things real gory.
“Mum! Don’t read us things like this before we go to bed.
We’ll never be able to sleep tonight with monsters in our head.”

Mum kissed Kya and Maya goodnight and then she closed the door.
It was dark; scary shadows danced across the floor.
Kya fell asleep real fast, but Maya tossed about,
When she finally dozed off, she woke up with a shout.

Kya asked her what was wrong. She said, “I had a bad dream.
There were three big monsters and a children-eating machine.
The monsters lived inside a pit and we looked over the side.
Both of us squatted down because we were trying to hide.”

“That doesn’t sound too scary to me.” Kya yawned and said,
“Go back to sleep you fraidy cat.” Then rolled over in his bed.
Maya finally fell asleep and dreamed once more of the beasts
That lived inside the pit and were hungry for two children-feasts.

One monster made it to the top and pulled Maya inside.
She woke up and sat up in bed; wiped her eyes because she’d cried.
“Never again am I going to let my mum read me stories like that.”
She grabbed her stuffed bunny rabbit and then her stuffed blue cat.

From that day on when Mum came in to read her kids each night,
She made sure it was something nice that wouldn’t cause them a fright.
Instead of stories about monsters in pits, she told them of cream puffs and sweets.
Maya and Kya stopped having bad thoughts; instead dreamed of potatoes and meats.

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