Like Home

A Poem By paperpoet // 3/8/2011

 

Close your eyes
Click your heels
One, two, three times
Thinking, whispering, wishing
“There’s no place like home,”
Ignoring the terrified screams you hear
And the silent ones inside
“There’s no place like home,”
Blind to the monsters
Under the bed and in the mirror
“There’s no place like home”
A prayer to be taken away
A plea for escape
Before you open your eyes
Blinking back the tears as you stare
At the once white tennis shoes
On your feet
No ruby slippers
And the broken sidewalk slab
Beneath you
No yellow brick road
One tear that dared to hope
Falls and shatters on the front porch step
Because you know there are a thousand places
Like home