There’s a monster lurking in my room.
I can’t bear to turn around.
Just there…in the corner of my eye.
I mustn’t make a sound.
There’s a monster prowling in my room,
That I’m trying to ignore.
But it takes up so much space.
Creeping up to roof from floor.
There’s a monster biting in my room.
I wish someone could save me.
But it also lurks inside their house,
If only they could see.
Maybe if I just don’t look,
The monster will leave me.
Someone else can deal with him,
And I can run and flee.
I feel the monster moving now,
Heading for my babies’ rooms.
I promised them I’d keep them safe –
Yet here the danger looms.
And whilst our generation may escape
The monster’s full attack.
Our children will most certainly
End up taking all the flak.
There is only one way to defeat
The monster that waits there.
We have to look it in the eye
And show how much we care.
Accept that we have put him there
And through our actions made him grow.
We have to grieve and shed the tears –
Let those healing waters flow.
Then when all the tears are done –
And there will be a few –
We’ll roll up our sleeves and face this mess
The way that humans do.
Together arm-in-arm we stand
Against that monster grim.
With kindness, love and empathy
We can challenge him.
And when we stop to really look
At the darkness up above,
We’ll see there’s no monster after all.
Just a world in desperate need of love.
By Sarah Claire Ryan