Monsters under my bed

I was told, that even as an infant, I did not sleep at night. Neither did I cry.

I was told that I would be found at the foot of my crib, under the covers, as if I was hiding.

Later I learned, without being told, that indeed I was hiding. But I wasn’t afraid of the dark; I was afraid of what hid in the dark.

I’m all grown up now.  I love the dark, I love the night. I can take refuge in the dark and the night covers me.

But I still fear what comes in the night; who hides in the dark; the monsters under my bed.

I don’t like to sleep with a lot of covers. I kick the covers off my feet, and my feet dangle over the side of the bed.  But not for too long.  As I sense my toes almost touching the bed frame, I quickly pull them back. Because there are monsters hiding under my bed. Waiting to pull me down; and under and then…

Unlike the little girl in this video, my monsters and I never became friends.

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