Updated date:

Poem: "Thump in the Night"

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

Poem Summary

Thump in the night is a poem about her hearing a noise while she is trying to sleep. Fearfully she tiptoes to the window looking for movement but doesn't see anything. The next day she searches and discovers an open dryer vent hole in the apartment next door. Then she spots her new neighbors.

"Things That Go Bump In The Night" by Mark Williams

poem-thumps-in-the-night

"Thump in the Night"

As she pulls up the covers

feeling snug as a bug,

she is jostled

by a loud, clanking thump in the night.


Tiptoeing through the darkness,

her eyes peer through the corner

of wooden slats,

cautiously searching for movement.


Since her tired, frightened eyes

cannot focus in the pitch black canvas,

and her ears no longer perceive a threat

she returns to the comfort of her slumber.


When the morning rays of sunlight

stir her awake,

she searches for clues

but finds no footprints on the surface of the earth,

no cracks or holes

along the cement foundation

for a critter to tunnel underneath.


Just as her feet turn

to walk back,

she spots a circular opening

on the exterior wall

of the empty apartment

adjacent to hers.


She is startled

peeking through this four inch round hole

for a dryer vent,

when tiny, brown eyeballs glare back at her.


Her fear abruptly changes

as she burst out in laughter,

spotting three tiny critters

huddled together,

tiny little baby cottontails

hiding in the best rabbit hole ever.


She has no more worries

about bumps in the night,

she just bids goodnight

to Thumber, Floppy, and Rowdy

before drifting off to sleep.

"Wild Baby Bunnies" by Joan Ouellette

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 22, 2020:

Chrish,

I am glad my words have that sense of fear...until the ending.

Ha ha!

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 22, 2020:

Dream on,

Challenge is the right word.

There are times I wish there were more of me...like today I think I need at least 8 of me, but I will keep going & do what I can.

Take care.

Sending you and your famiky many great blessings.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on October 22, 2020:

It scares me haha good thing it isn't what I was thinking

Awesome.

DREAM ON on October 22, 2020:

There are many good writers here on Hubpages and I am very happy to be part of something so wonderful. I send my prayers and love to you and your husband at such a difficult time. I am thrilled to read your work and you have brightened my day with all your comments on my hubs. Thank you for all your help and I find it a real challenge finding time to do everything we can during the day. Take care and thank you for your time.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 21, 2020:

Dream on,

My work is automatically moved to LetterPile. It is a division of Hubpages so your rights are the same.

Right now...none of us can comment once our work is posted on LetterPile. It's been quite a headache, but we can't do anything about it. Catch them before they move I guess.

As far as other sites I write on usually your work is copyrighted the moment you publish it...like with Allpoetry or Hubpages.

I do have a poetry group called Sparklecity Poetry Group on Facebook which you are welcome to join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1017041218668840/?...

You can share your work and gain a few more readers on Hubpages.

I also share my work on various writing groups on Facebook,pinterest, mix, tumblr, to name a few.

Currently I have not been posting as much due to my boyfriend's illness. (stage 4 lung cancer)

But I am slowly getting back to doing a little bit of work.

I enjoy writing and reading poems. Other people can lift me up when I have no inspiration.

It's not difficult to keep up with sharing your work. I created a page that list my poems on Hubpages, Allpoetry & some work I have published called Secret Emotions on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/secretemotionspoetry/

If you ever have questions feel free to contact me via email..I will be happy to point you in the right direction if I can.

So glad you like my ending with the cute little bunnies. Take care & stay safe.

DREAM ON on October 21, 2020:

I notice you do a great deal of writing on many sites. How do you keep up? I have trouble trying to follow my work here. Every site has different rules. When your poem has been moved to LetterPile how do I post comments with no comment section? Do the same rules apply to the writer of the poem as when it was with Hubpages? Do we still retain the property of our poems? I thought you might know the answers to a few questions because you write so often? I like your ending so much better. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 21, 2020:

Dream on,

I am delighted to hear you actually enjoyed this one from the beginning to the end.

Sorry it wasn't a young girl...but I prefer the bunnies.

Thanks for reading.

Have a great day.

DREAM ON on October 21, 2020:

I enjoyed the whole poem from beginning to end. I thought for sure it was a curious young new girl who moved in next door. I love bunnies. Thank you for sharing and giving us words of fun and excitement. Have a great night.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 21, 2020:

Lynne,

I missed the comments on your latest write, but I did enjoy the read.

It is true...if we just start with one sentence, or in my case a bunch of littke thoughts jotted on the page or word doc...the rest does start flowing.

Thank you for the read & I hope the words keep flowing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 21, 2020:

Lynne,

Surprise! Yes, our minds can really think up alot of fear.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 21, 2020:

Rosina,

So glad you liked this one.

A bit different from my usual writes, but I needed something cute.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 21, 2020:

Shauna,

Luckily for her there will be no new neighbors...the landlord uses the empty apartment for storage.

Hope you have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 21, 2020:

Peggy,

Yes! There would be no sleep if they were rats or snakes.

Have a great one!

Lynne Samuel from Malaysia on October 21, 2020:

Haha, got me there! Glad it's just bunnies though. The mind is very imaginative at night!

Rosina S Khan on October 20, 2020:

Glad it's only bunnies thumping at night. It really turned out to be amusing as a surprise at the end. Good one. Enjoyed it thoroughly, Brenda.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 20, 2020:

What a fun poem, Brenda! I can picture the woman laughing to herself after finding the bunnies. I just hope they vacate before the new neighbors hook up their dryer!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 20, 2020:

Hi Brenda,

It is much better that they are rabbits instead of rats or snakes. Ha!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

Greg,

Thank you so much!

Your comments warm my heart.

Have a great day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

Peggy,

Thanks!

Sleeping is much better believing rabbits live next door.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

Liz,

Thank you.

Yes, the thought if something horrid would scare me to death...bunnies are comforting.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

Ankita,

Thank you.

Yep...a different kind of ending.

I wanted something cute & comfy.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

Miebakagh,

It turns out to be rabbits.

Thanks for stopping by for a minute.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

Charlie,

Thank you so much!

Sorry if I miss commenting on some yours...since this niche site takes them away so quickly.

Keep writing my friend...I enjoy reading them.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

Lorna,

Thank you.

I am glad you got to comment on this one too!

It is frustrating and I am sure I miss alot of them too.

I love the thought of the three little bunnies..it comforts me.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

John,

Thank you.

I tried to build up the tension...so glad it worked.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

Umesh,

Thank you.

I appreciate your comments.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 20, 2020:

Everybody loves bunnies! Especially when they are the source of the scary bump in the night. Great stuff, Brenda. Well-crafted piece.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 20, 2020:

"Thump in the Night" becomes the cute discovery of "Thumber, Floppy, and Rowdy." Sweet dreams!

Liz Westwood from UK on October 20, 2020:

This is a lovely poem. It moves from the sinister sounds in the dark to a delightful conclusion.

Ankita B on October 20, 2020:

The ending was unexpected but lovely. Beautiful poem, Brenda.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 20, 2020:

I thought the next door was a kind human. Surprised that it was a kitty. Each line of the verse sanely leads to the other in a common sense manner. Thanks for the read.

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on October 20, 2020:

A nice heart warming poem Brenda.

Lorna Lamon on October 20, 2020:

You have weaved this tale of the unexpected so well within the lines of your poem Brenda. The thought of three little critters making a home in the wall is a comforting one. I'm glad your poem has not been whisked off to Letterpile just yet, as It's so frustrating when I cannot comment. Thank you for reading my work Brenda and being such a supportive friend.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 20, 2020:

Nice work Brenda. You built up the tension and then let it dissipate to relief with the three cottontails in the dryer vent hole.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 19, 2020:

Very interesting. There is a good flow in the poetry. Well compised.