I will shatter those goblins for you my dear
And blow the monsters out from underneath your bed.
The shadow that lurks in your cupboard will be no more.
Nor the ghost behind your door.
I will turn on the light.
All of these fears, I will put right.
So my darling no need to quake
I shall stay wide awake.
For those beasts you should fear the most
Are not ghoul nor witch nor demon nor ghost
They live amongst us spreading fear
Taking those that we hold dear.
‘I can’t live like that?’ You say
Allowing terror to lead the way?
Well you are brave. Much braver than I
I really,really don’t wish to die.
Nor my child or husband friend or foe
I don’t want any of them to go.
While malicious souls walk the streets
I won’t feel any lasting peace.
I will avoid areas that are most at danger
Avoid talking to dodgy strangers
I will feel paranoid on the bus
That one of them is one of us.
So tell me to be brave. Tell me I’m absurd
It’s what I told others when it was the other side of the world.
I can’t live like that?
I think I can.
I’ll hide indoors. I’ll make a plan.
The world is in danger.
There is a war.
Just for a change
It’s on our front door.