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The Beast Within Me

I told them to stop,
Said it with a please
Their poking and prodding
Pushing, unpleasing tease.

Then it answered
Stomping, thumping back.
My creature from the chasm
Beast of the deep.

I dragged it down,
Checked fierce rage inside,
But red-hot fury
Just threw me aside.

‘Your locks, your locks,
Hold me not, your cold steel locks,’
Now shall you know the real me
But boiling hot…

by Leo Goodstadt (9)
St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Oxford


Competition - Poetry Emotions

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