Mummy, Leave The Light On
By Toneye Eyenot
Mummy, leave the light on. There’s something in my room.
It’s pulling at my blankets, and telling me I’m doomed.
As soon as all the lights go out, the shadows in my room,
Begin to grow and move around, as if to deadly tunes.
Mummy, leave the light on. This happens every night.
Even when I get to sleep, I wake again in fright.
Icy breath brushes my cheek, the shadows fill my sight.
Oh Mummy please, I’m begging you. Please don’t turn out the light.
Mummy, where are you going? Don’t leave me in the dark.
I can hear them coming, across the road and from the park.
Don’t you hear them at my window, making the dog bark?
Can I come to sleep in your room? I’ll feel safer in your arms.
I know you don’t believe me. No, not a word I’ve said.
I know you think I made this up, that it’s all in my head.
I know that it will start again, when you go back to bed.
But Mummy, what if you wake up tomorrow, and I’m dead?