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A Monster In My Closet!

Poem by Taylor Swift | January 1, 2000

There’s a monster in my closet and I don’t know what to do!
Have you ever seen him?
Has he ever pounced on you?
I wonder what he looks like!
Is he purple with red eyes?
I wonder what he likes to eat.
What about his size!!
Tonight I’m gonna catch him!
I’ll set a real big trap!
Then I’ll train him really well.
He’ll answer when I clap!

When I looked up in that closet, there was nothing there but stuff.
I know that monster’s in there!
I heard him huff and puff!
Could it be he wants to eat me?
Maybe I’m his favorite tray.
And if he comes to get me,
I’ll scream loudly, “Go away!!”
If he’s nice, I’ll name him “Happy.”
If he’s bad I’ll name him “Grouch.”
I suspect that he is leaving, but if not. . .I’ll kick him out!

General Information
ReleasedJanuary 1, 2000
AboutTaylor was ten years old and in fourth grade when she wrote about what little kids are most afraid of: the monster in their closet. The poem placed first in a national poetry contest held by the Creative Communication.