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Monsters in the Night

A Monster Under the Bed

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Monsters in the Night
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And now I lay me down to sleep

I pray the Lord my soul to keep

But if I should wake in the night

Be it not from getting a fright


As the monsters creep up on me

And open my eyes forcefully

To the anxiety and fear

That I hold to my heart so dear


All the work that piles in the day

And my desire to stay away

From people and expectations

And from my own speculations


Of how I am constantly judged

All of my worries that have nudged

Me even closer to the edge

Until they can put a firm wedge


Between me and my ambitions

Darkening my aspirations

Leaving me the monster inside

Showing itself on the outside

A shadow underneath my bed—

Could it all just be in my head?


I now lay me down to sleep

And pray my sanity to keep

If I should wake up from a fright

Keep my monster away tonight.


Author’s Note: This was written for RM Stockton’s The Monster Under Your Bed prompt/challenge. For more information and to join in, follow the link below:

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Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and ghost written for years with some published stories and poems of my own.

Learn more about me: thewritersscrapbin.com

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  • Bamimeke Moses2 months ago


  • L.C. Schäfer4 months ago

    Excellent stuff, last two lines are my favourite. Way to stick the landing!

  • Novel Allen4 months ago

    This was really great in poem form. I just saw this challenge, great entry.

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    That was fabulous. Well done, Stephanie.

  • Oh I love how you remixed that prayer! This was fantastic!

  • Tommy Ballard4 months ago

    Oh I really love how this is structured, fantastic entry!

  • Monsters Inc. for grownups. Nice blend of childhood prayers & adult angst. Well done, Stephanie.

  • Test4 months ago

    Wonderfully written, the prayer aspect is so clever. You captured the emotions of doubt and the longing for peace so beautifully 🤍

  • Shirley Belk4 months ago

    Good one!!!

  • Oh my! That was so creative to make this a bedtime prayer! You clever girl, Stephanie! There are some incredible lines in your poem. That monster of self-doubt is a scary and powerful monster that haunts many of us. Very relatable!

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    That monster seems pretty unavoidable.

  • Natasha Collazo4 months ago

    Loveeeeee! This was so heartfelt. Great entry!!

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