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Poem: "Thump in the Night"

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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

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"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

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