Thursday, October 12, 2017

DMC: "Under My Bed" by Janie Lazo


There is a darkness lurking near
This darkness fills my heart with dread
I'm not alone – I think – I fear
A darkness hides beneath my bed

As dark as pitch, with eyes that leer
And teeth that rip and pull and shred
Is that a hiss and growl I hear?
I hate this ghastly monster bed!

I feel my eyes begin to tear
The monster might bite through my bed!
Can't cry! I'm turning 12 this year
And monsters don't exist, Mom said.

But just in case, I block my ears
I take off running – out I fled
I made it safe – I jump – I cheer
No way I'm sleeping in that bed!

© 2017 Janie Lazo. All rights reserved.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Carrie Clickard. Her DMC challenge is to write a poem about a person, place, or thing that spooked you as a child.

Post your poem on our October 2017 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, October 27th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her enchanting new picture book from Holiday House:


  1. That second stanza sends shivers up my spine, Janie!

  2. This is why my bed is a box bed, nothing underneath! Long ago, my son would have nightmares, shared that there was a monster turtle under his bed & he would wake up, & make a giant leap away from the bed. You've shown it just right, Janie! "A darkness hides beneath my bed". Perhaps a nightlight?

  3. Eek! I'm definitely sleeping with a flashlight tonight. Well done!

  4. Ah, this is a good, creepy poem. The second stanza is terrific! Thanks.

  5. Very nice and spooky will defiantly keep my night light on now foreshore

  6. Such "great" childhood memories, brought right back! Well done, Janie!

  7. No bed should have space underneath. It is just a gathering place for dust bunnies, spiders, and monsters!

  8. Wonderful Janie, you caught me in your fear and carried me all through your monster poem!