Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)


Phil Roberts 1957 (Melbourne)

The night-time is terror time
The time when evil things abound,
Bat-winged monsters fly overhead
Burrowers tunnel underground.

Prehistoric creatures appear
Ravenous and looking for meat,
Hunting both humans and fauna
Needing very soon to eat.

Terror lurks in every shadow
And down every dark alleyway,
When humans sleep in their beds
Hideous beings come out to play.

Ape-like animals walk the streets
Climbing lamps to look for prey,
Scaling easily the drain pipes
Hunting 'neath the moon's dire rays.

Looking through padlocked windows
Lusting after innocents who sleep,
But afraid to break the glass panes
So round the house they slowly creep.

Gigantic Shoggoths overhead
Search the village on the wing,
Looking for a sign of movement
Ready to eat almost anything.

Night Gaunts haunt the town
Spreading terror in their wake,
With an undying hunger that
Nothing but a feast could slake.

The night-time is terror time
When witches and goblins roam,
And when the wary stay inside
Safely abed in their own home.

© Copyright 2021 Philip Roberts
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

About this poem

The night-time is terror time The time when evil things abound, Bat-winged monsters fly overhead Burrowers tunnel underground.

Font size:

Written on September 25, 2021

Submitted by PHIL_ROBERTS on October 12, 2021

53 sec read

Phil Roberts

I turn 65 on the 31st of January 2022. I love cats, rock music, and horror fiction and poetry more…

All Phil Roberts poems | Phil Roberts Books

FAVORITE (3 fans)

Discuss this Phil Roberts poem with the community:



    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:


    "TERROR TIME" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 21 Jan. 2022. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/111881/terror-time>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    January 2022

    Poetry Contest

    Enter our monthly contest for the chance to win cash prizes and gain recognition for your talent.
    85 entries submitted — 65 remaining

    Browse Poetry.com


    Are you a poetry master?

    What's the oldest written poem exist?
    • A. Ramayana
    • B. Odyssey
    • C. Iliad
    • D. Epic of Gilgamesh