Don't be Scared
by Carol Ann Duffy
DON’T BE SCARED
The dark is only a blanket
for the moon to put on her bed.
The dark is a private cinema
for the movie dreams in your head.
The dark is a little black dress
to show off the sequin stars.
The dark is the wooden hole
behind the strings of happy guitars.
The dark is a jeweller’s velvet cloth
where children sleep like pearls.
The dark is a spool of film
to photograph boys and girls,
so smile in your sleep in the dark.
Don’t be scared.
CAROL ANN DUFFY
Classroom tip: Write a group/class poem made up of different images for the dark. What else could the dark be as well as the moon’s blanket?