Maniacal Masks

“We all float down here!”  ― Stephen King, It

I am the haunting voice calling, calling, calling
your name from beyond the storm drain
with a rush of swirling water, pirating your fragile boat
taking it as mine to lure you down, down, down
to play in the dark abyss of evil insanity

Come play with me and the grey sewer rats
while they gnaw on your white bones and skin
when I come knocking, knocking, knocking
let me in to consume your innocent soul

I wear the maniacal masks of nightmare clowns
which one do you desire to meet your maker?

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Poetics Clowning Around

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at:
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

28 Comments on “Maniacal Masks

  1. I’ll have trouble sleeping tonight after this one! You’ve got to the core of what is terrifying about Pennywise the Clown here. No wonder so many people are scared of clowns!

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  2. This is the epitome of what a horror clown is, and you write it in a nightmarish atmosphere that makes it haunting and gothic. It is beautifully penned and I love the repetition and rhythm. What an excellent take on the prompt. I always enjoy reading your work!

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  3. Oh shiver me timbers this is a harrowing tale. Skillful word pictures leaving only goosebumps and fear of things that go bump in the night!

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  4. I haven’t watched “It” and I never will ,Linda. Do not like clowns, or scary movies. I do get a fascinating tingle from reading and writing scary stuff. Go figure?

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  5. I love ghost and horror stories, but your poem will render me sleepless, Linda, so scary! I will be keeping away from storm drains – luckily there aren’t any nearby. Lisa’s right about the Insane Clown Posse!

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