Beyond scared

I have never really feared monsters
boogeymen in closets
demented clowns
things from other dimensions


I grew up in the 1960s watching
50s B movies
Karloff, Lugosi epics saw
Godzilla as cute, not menacing


Now in my sixth decade I do
believe in monsters
they wear suits
don’t like us very much, they lie


The real monsters slop from TV
like the blob
grotesque, like
the radiation scarred mad doctor


The monsters – the real threats –
walk among us
not as zombies – those would
just be us, who made the monsters

– Mark L. Lucker
© 2022

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