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  Beware the Metal Boogieman
by Lori S. Maynard
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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This is a poem that I had written in 2006 and was lost among my many documents. I had written this poem from my perspective working with a carnival. All the times that I had been called a monster just because I ran a game. I heard all sorts of vile comments come from folks who passed me by. The true monster was society.

The streets have all turned silent
and the skies have yawned and fled
into shades of a blackness
that would scare the very dead.

The whispers of a child echo
into muted pitches of the wind
as mom and dad tuck them in
with another story of pretend.

"Beware of the monsters" they would say
as they pulled the covers tight.
It was a warning they so cherished
for the carnival's in town tonight.

What beasts they are to roam the streets.
Why does the town invite them in?
Don't they see they are the vampires
that warp and invite each cardinal sin?

The lights flare on, the music swells...
The crowd does ebb and flow...
It's a world of mystery and trickery
of which, few really ever know.

The night takes on a whole new life
when that generator is kicked down
and like locusts, they invade,
finding the nearest bar in town.

Walking into the air conditioning
for the first time that very night.
The town looks down upon their lives...
"Those people just aren't right..."

A game of darts, a game of pool -
a cold drink with friends here and there.
No different than the average man
who calls his home right here.

Child, be wary - don't let the boogieman
come and steal your soul away.
Look straight ahead and walk away
when you hear "d'ya wanna play?"

Better for parents to scare their children
as opposed to telling them that they are cheap.
For if we are the monsters - then...well,
what benefits the parents can reap.

Mommy, daddy - that man took my money!
The child will scream in total peril.
And they will act the hero and charge forth
speaking in words unlcean, unfit...un-sterile.

So - be wary little town and look fast
upon the ever darkening fairgrounds.
I think I hear a laboring diesel...
Yes...those are such familiar sounds...

(c) August 4, 2006 Lori Maynard

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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 2/16/2011
Better for parents to scare their children
as opposed to telling them that they are cheap.
For if we are the monsters - then...well,
what benefits the parents can reap.

Powerful poem. I admire your ability to say so much in so few lines. I can understand why you thought of yourself as a monster.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/6/2010
Yeah, people seem not able to grasp the whole book by its cover thing. I like poems, like this, that pull you in by the lapels and make you listen. Great write.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 11/30/2010
This is more than a carnival concern, Lori. Such ignorance and
fear and hate are, sadly, at work in all areas of our society.
And you tell it is so well. Powerful message. -gene.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/28/2010
What a unique way of looking at this theme, Lori. I truly appreciate the perspective that you have shared via your verses here. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

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