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The Doorbell's Night

I settled in my easy chair,
leaned back to watch TV-
When on the screen a werewolf's face
came staring back at me.

Each and every channel showed
a monster of some kind,
Causing my imagination
to soar into over-time.


This spooky night, I'm home alone,

a full moon lights the sky.
Did that Jack O'Lantern wink at me?

He'll soon be pumpkin pie!

Suddenly, the doorbell sounds
Who is that at my door?
The poet Edgar Allen Poe
with Raven?... "Nevermore"!

Or could it be a scary Witch
behind a crooked nose.
Or perhaps a Ballerina
standing on her tippy-toes.

Could it be a one-eyed Pirate
who's still looking for his loot?.
A Princess searching for her Prince?

or maybe Puss 'n Boots?

Possibly Mad Hatter
asks the time to set his clock?.

Or perchance the Starship Enterprise

just beamed down Mr. Spock!

It could be a ragged Hobo,
who's wracked with hunger pangs---
Or a pale and cranky Vampire
making plans to sink his fangs.

Just suppose it's Nightmare Freddy,

or a Zombie's vacant stare.
Or a red and purple dragon

_ _________
breathing flames, now there's a scare!.

Now once more the doorbell sounding
Caused my heart to skip a beat!
Looks like my imagination
is here chanting


The Doorbell's Night
by Shirley J. Walker - Copyright 1998 - All Rights Reserved

About the Author: Shirley J. Walker works full time in Records for an aircraft maintenance company. She enjoys writing short stories and poetry in her spare (?) time. Several of her works have been published by the small press and online magazines. Her works range from supernatural fiction, to children's stories; the latter being her favorite. She wrote Letters for Tyree, for her only grandchild; three-year-old Tyrell. "Writing for children lets my inner child out to play," she said. A native of Southern California, she lives with her husband of 27 years, two charmingly spoiled cats, and a playful inner child. You may send e-mail to Shirley at:  

About the Illustrations:
Thanks to the following
Kitty Roach for the animated moon
David Pinnel for Lillian, the Illumination dragon .
And thanks to the other talented illustrators whose whimsical works make all of us smile.

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