The Fanged Nasties

Today, I am inspired by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer, and Latin and Greek scholar. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor and irony.

He wrote, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

Well, this time the monsters are vanquished.


where the wild things

where darkness
chokes the air
between trees,

and cold earth
its hold

on a wildflower’s root,
tempting it never
to bloom again,

the beasts tremble;
goblins hide their heads
behind the stout frames

of oak stumps
and giants lie
still as stone

so not to be spied
by the boy
who steps

from his bed,
in a blue blanket,

as the wind
beats against
the windows

and cools
his heart
with fright.

Poised on the back porch,
he raises his wooden sword
against midnight’s

scary things,
and shouts
as a knight must,

Be gone
you monsters
or I shall slay

you tomorrow,
as soon as mommy
says I can.

Indeed, the fanged
nasties must quake.


Inspired, in part, by a WordPress daily prompt.


5 thoughts on “The Fanged Nasties

  1. I think this is perhaps my new favorite. You just described my three grandsons! (5,3, 18 mos.) You seem so cool and collected when you write. Is there any chaos there? Thinking, of course, of Nietzsche’s quote: One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. Your work always dances!


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