Carnival of Misery

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Sometimes, late at night, when sleep eludes me, my mind goes wandering. Sometimes it even comes back.

Carnival of Misery 


Welcome to the (late night) monster show

Where all your fears come alive

Where you get to relive every mistake you’ve ever made

And the pain of every humiliation is revived 

Where we trade in your insecurities 

Where the darkness is as warm as a lovers breath 

Where loneliness is an ally

That grips you as tight as death

On shift from midnight to 4am 

You needn’t worry what’s under your bed

Or hiding in the closet 

Because  the real monsters live inside of your head

It’s the witching hour kiddies 

And they haven’t been fed

They’re an unpaid debt and it’s time to pay ‘em

Step right up we have waking nightmares to suit every taste

From high school bully to nuclear waste 

Lost love, broken love, or no love at all

Pick your poison

We’ll have a ball

For a limited time 

We’ll even throw in a pillow

To stifle your screams


You can’t wake up because it’s not a dream



25 January 2019


Submitted: January 27, 2019

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I really like this. Think it's great.

Sun, January 27th, 2019 6:04am


Nightmare horrors that don't go away. Nicely written.

Sun, January 27th, 2019 8:03pm

Kristin Kuffner

Great work. Reads like the synopsis of a great horror novel.

Fri, March 8th, 2019 2:44am


Mahalo. Sometimes the nights are almost too much to bear. Days are full of duties and distractions...easy peezy japaneezy. I find it convenient to store my mental aberrations here on the interweb. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Sat, March 9th, 2019 4:29pm

Keke Serene

This is an Otherworld of nightmares! Nice rhyme scheme here

Sat, October 5th, 2019 6:55pm

Robert Helliger

I love carnivals.
Great story.

Sun, October 13th, 2019 7:19am

Damp Kitten

Hey, here's an anniversary review (poem from a year ago)
The meter of your piece carries a carnival tune if that makes any sense to you. There's an irony to your ecstatic enthusiasm for obvious reasons - the subject matter and the delivery are a dichotomy which emphasizes the terror!

My favorite line: "Where darkness is as warm as a lover's breath" - wow! Love that analogy!
and "loneliness is an ally that grips you"- nice personification. I like your rhyme.

Very entertaining, Shady.

Sun, January 5th, 2020 3:05am


Again, thank you for taking time to view my words...and to share yours.

You seem to be very learned in the mechanisms of poetry and writing. I envy you. I spend a lot of time wondering where “inspiration” comes from; where was it before it penetrated my thoughts? If energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it must have existed...SOMEWHERE. Of course, this is assuming that our thoughts are energy. I don’t know. I’m really not that smart. Hell! I barely graduated from high school all those millennia ago.

Thank you again. One of the reasons I frequent Booksie is because there are so few people who share an appreciation of verse, and none in my personal orbit.

I’m waiting for poets and poetry to become obsolete.

Sun, January 5th, 2020 12:53pm


I enjoyed your poem, ShadyBrady. I think your short staccato lines really capture the carnival cries. I especially liked,

‘Because the real monsters live inside of your head
It’s the witching hour kiddies
and they haven’t been fed’

You have been kind enough to read my work in the past and I’d really like to have your feed back on my latest diamond poem called ‘Defiance’.

Enjoy your writing.

Fri, October 15th, 2021 1:49pm


I’ll take a look at “Defiance” a little later today. I’m headed out the door to an MRI just now. Thank you for the feedback.

Fri, October 15th, 2021 7:32am


I"m not a poetry guy, I don't typically find it fun to read, but can appreciate that at it's best it is a very complex art.

This was fun to read, had a very relatable message, and blurred the lines between the material and the immaterial.

Good job.

Mon, January 17th, 2022 10:39am



Mon, January 17th, 2022 2:48am


That's beautiful (-:

Wed, May 18th, 2022 11:09pm


Thank you

Wed, May 18th, 2022 4:36pm

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