Night Terrors

Sarah Allen


My little brother is asleep on the couch.

My brother with the round marshmallow face

who is short for his age and wants to be a pilot.

Who carries around a yellow GPS.

The one who always wants a backrub.

My little brotherís child will one day look up at him

from his bed that smells like M&Mís and toothpaste

and tell him

he is afraid of the dark.

My brother will say,

I know.



Sarah Allen is a student at Brigham Young University, studying English and creative writing. ††She has been published in BYUís literary journal, Inscape, as well as placing in several competitions including the 77th annual Writerís Digest competition.