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The Bogeyman Under My Bed
Copyright George Papavgeris, October 2002
based on a dearly-held belief of mine that the bogeyman of our childhood never goes away; but simply mutates to become all our anxieties and fears as we grow older.

I've known him well for many years,
As long as I remember.
I certainly recall him being
There when I was three.
All day he'd lie quietly
Behind my plastic soldiers
And in the middle of the night
He'd come looking for me.
And only if I used the sheet
To cover me completely,
And if I held my breath for long
Enough, he'd go away.
But all along I knew that
He would come again tomorrow.
The bogeyman under my bed
Has never missed a day.

I hoped to see the last of him
Some day as I grew older;
At least that's what my mother and
My father promised me.
Instead of disappearing though,
The bogeyman grew bolder
And took it on himself to find
New things to frighten me.
And as I conquered each new fear,
A greater one he'd bring me:
The fear of failure at exams
Or losing all my friends.
He seemed to know my weaknesses
And all my hidden secrets;
Against the bogey's tactics there
Was simply no defence.

I set up house on my own,
He came inside my luggage
And worried me about my job
And if I'd get a girl.
Each time I had a small success
He'd spoil the happy moment
When it was least convenient
New fears he would unfurl.
And when at last I took a wife
I thought that he would leave me
As a responsible adult
I'd surely see him through.
But that, alas, was not to be
And worse, he's got a friend now
For underneath our double bed
The bogeys now are two.

With time the children came and
When they asked about the bogey
I had to lie and tell them
That there was nothing there.
While I was staying up all night Thinking about their future
And one by one the bogeyman
To grey turned my hair.
Although I've never seen him, now
He even comes in daylight
And everywhere I go he always
Seems to follow me.
But a surprise I have for him
At last I'll get my own back:
For when it's time to go below
I'm taking him with me.

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And if I'm older now
And really should know better,
Yet all my fears and doubts
Will never let me be.
For when the lights are out
I know he'll come to get me.
The bogeyman under my bed
Has grown along with me.

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