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My Scarecrow (An Incantation)

My scarecrow has a shadow so she can
scare away my feelings of being alone.
My scarecrow has a trap of knives and electrical strings
for a spine so she can scare away Old Man
Scratch. She has snakes for hair like
Medusa to scare away eight-legged arachnids.
My scarecrow has vampire teeth to scare away
my dolls that like to try to kill me. She has a flittery
eye to scare away the ugly cockroaches.
My scarecrow has a burning candle for a heart
to scare away the creepy bathrooms. My scarecrow
has an invisible neck to scare devils and spirits and skeletons.

I put my scarecrow on a necklace and earrings
and all types of jewelry and all over my room
so she scares away all of my horrible, terrible,
creepy, crawly, spooky dreams.

Asinah, 3rd grade


This poem is featured as part of the 2013 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Please go to www.witsblog.org or www.witshouston.org to learn more.


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