Classroom Costumes

The classroom door opens fast.

Who am I Miss, behind this mask?

Can you guess or must I tell?

Who is the Dracula, Count from Hell?

Who is the Frankenstein, bat or banshee,

skull or hag or bony shell?

Guess, guess, take your choice,

the children shout with one voice.

Teacher shivers, a scary time.

She knows them all, each guise benign.

All but one, who can it be?

Where is the clue, what is the sign?

Finger beckoning she calls the child.

A tiny peak beyond the veil

reveals the truth, quickens the pace –

beneath the mask there is no face!

© November 2007 Chris Nedahl

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