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The Bogeyman: Haiku That Goes Bump In The Night

Updated on May 4, 2012
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The Bogeyman: Haiku That Goes Bump in the Night

by

Dr. Darryl Winer


Somehow, cotton sheets

Pulled tightly against the chin

Are stronger than steel


Wildly pounding heart

Threatening sounds from downstairs

Just windblown branches


Strangling a scream

Throat constricted in sheer fear

Can those be footsteps


Barely contained dread

The movie was all too real

Can it happen here


Terror grips the mind

Incapacitating will

Evil sacrifice


Taut, white knuckled fear

Heart struggllng to beat

Chilled pall closing in


Anxiety rise

I, abruptly awakened

Trying to make sense

Of strange, bizarre perceptions

Please, let me still be dreaming


Memories or dreams

Twisted, deformed and perverse

Don’t seem so unreal


Feelings of alarm

Quickly build into panic

Gut and mind churning

Sweating, swearing and choking

Damn pepperoni pizza


As children we knew

The monsters under the bed

Securely restrained

Held at bay during the day

Came creeping at night


Sweating, with eyes wide

Horror, wretched and reeking

Skulks in the darkness


Misty consciousness

Slips into oblivion

Overwhelming fear


Lurking in shadow

Unspeakable deeds at hand

With cold, grim malice


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      win-winresources 5 years ago from Colorado

      Rahul-

      Thanks for your read.

      Don't forget to look in the closet too...(heh heh).

      -DW

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      "As children we knew

      The monsters under the bed

      Securely restrained

      Held at bay during the day

      Came creeping at night"

      Bone-chilling haikus...

      I just looked under my bed twice

      Great fearful work :)

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      win-winresources 5 years ago from Colorado

      Hey Beyond-

      Early man had good reason to be afraid of the dark. Things with sharp teeth and claws snuck up under the cover of darkness to eat him. (People were kinda like pepperoni pizzas to the toothed animals who could see or smell or hear better than we could.)

      Until the size of our brains managed to protect us better than more physical creatures could hunt us, fear was very adaptive.

      Not all fear is unbased paranoia - if something is really out to get you...

      -DW

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      DW, umm...are you sure it was only pepperoni pizza? =) I just love this night time stories! I got kinda some chills here and there and it's not yet night (but close enough to darkness) and mind you, haven't yet started on pepperoni... =)

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      win-winresources 5 years ago from Colorado

      Hello TToombs-

      Thank you. The world can be a scary place (far too many late night pepperoni pizzas...)

      -DW

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Awesome! A "hideous" haiku! Voted up and 3 cheers!