Tjitske Oosterholt

I still look for her. 
In the dusk and the shadows
And the starless sky, I look for her– 
The girl, who believed in magic and
Ghosts and faeries and monsters. 
She didn’t have to know the shackles
That came with age, the chains
That would bind her to the reality
Where monsters don’t hide under the bed, 
Sometimes the monster, 
It’s in the daylight
With a sharp tongue and a sweet smile.

—  P.I. Alltraine, Still