Why Children are Fast

There are things out there
in the dark; quiet creeping
things that sound like
the wind rustling trees,
and will grab you quickly
if you stray too far
from your patch of moonlight.
Don’t get too close to any
tree. The trees hide things
like portals to unmentionable worlds,
and creatures from those worlds
want to eat your legs and arms off.
Stay on that gravel path, and run
faster than the wind back to your
house. Once inside, stay away from
windows. (these are portals too)

(for napowrimo day 28…and for: https://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/04/boogeyman.html

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  1. hypercryptical

     /  April 28, 2017

    Yikes, enough to scare any child! I used to worry about portals…luckily never came across any.
    Anna :o]

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  2. You’ve conveyed the terror a small child feels where every night shadow is seen as a potential threat.

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  3. sanaarizvi

     /  April 28, 2017

    The apprehension and fear is so palpable here!

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  4. Yikes!!!!!! Very convincing.

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  5. I’m tired and I read portable unmentionable worlds… That could be a prompt I think 😉 Nicely scary, this one *shivers*

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  6. I suppose children need some warning that not every thing is safe. I like the idea of portals being used for this. We just have to not open them.

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  7. Your title MAKES this. This gave me a bit of the willies. Perfect.

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  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

     /  April 28, 2017

    Yes, absolutely. I knew this too.

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  9. Yes–the title is so wonderful caught by the poem-/ scary stuff! Thsnks. K.

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  10. Sorry for incoherence! On phone and late and blind! !

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  11. Oh, you have so vividly described some of my own gravel sprints to escape the unseen.

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  12. This could make nightmares in an adult.

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  13. Ooh! Portals are eerie things. Well done.

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