I’m Not Afraid

by Charles Ghigna

I'm Not Afraid by Charles Ghigna

Thank you for the water
And the extra goodnight kiss.
I know it’s getting late but first
I have to tell you this.

I’m not afraid of scary things
That dance out in the dark.
I’m not afraid of mournful sounds
That make the dogs all bark.

I’m not afraid of closet doors
When they are open wide.
I’m not afraid of drapes and shades
Where shadows like to hide.

I’m not afraid of ghosts and ghouls
That haunt each Halloween.
I’m not afraid of anything
That I have never seen.

I’m not afraid of creaking steps
Or gurgles in the sink.
I’m not afraid of basement groans
(At least that’s what I think).

I’m not afraid of all those things
That bump or growl at night.
I’m not afraid of anything–
But please leave on the light.

  — Charles Ghigna

Copyright © 2003. All Rights Reserved. From Halloween Night: Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Halloween Night: Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems

This collection of 21 silly, funny, just slightly scary poems about witches, monsters, pumpkins, gargoyles, and trick-or-treating will elicit delighted giggles from children aged 4 to 8 who are just beginning to discover the traditions and lore of Halloween. With such titles as “I’m Not Afraid,” “Witch Way,” “Sick or Treat,” and “What to Wear on Halloween?” it’s destined to become a read-aloud favorite.

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About the Author

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books from Disney, Random House, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc. and other publishers. He has written more than 5,000 poems for children and adults that have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines ranging from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Highlights and Cricket magazines. He served as poet-in-residence at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, instructor of creative writing at Samford University, poetry editor of English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and as a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He speaks at schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center, American Library in Paris, American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America.

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