dark

Typewriter5by Dryden10 Jun 2014

the dark is just an abbreviation
i know that now

but when i was a child
something was lurking in the closet
or creeping under the bed
or crouching at the door
turning out the light
i would launch myself
like Spiderman
across the abyss
from switch to mattress
soaring over the desolate span
for fear of being snatched –

safely blanketed a new blackness settled
this time beneath my eyelids
in double darkness
my mother’s words
offered solace:
“there is nothing there in the dark
that isn't there in the light”
taking comfort, my eyes
would next open
to daylight – the night
seemingly one fleeting moment

the dark is just an abbreviation
i know that now