A SMALL TOWN'S CURSE

 In this small town only children could see
 An evil that lives,
 For adults who stopped believing, there was no reality.

 A group of kids whom became best friends stood 
 together strong.
 They would fight the bad that came to dwell 
 In a forgotten town.
 A simpler time when an afternoon Saturday movie 
 Was just fine,
 To build a dam, to swim in a pool created 
 By those whom would dream.
 A dancing clown with promises of balloons
 And never ending fun,
 Dressed up in colors and wearing a face  
 That only the young could see.                        

 From hell it seems he came as he is something  
 Other than appears to be,

 He's a monster dressed to kill, 
 he comes to feed for eternity.
 These children of Innocence become
 Each scarred by a curse,

 Brave as they battle a force, 
 As no child should live a nightmare.
 Not defeated as they grow to become adults  
 And hide this haunting pain,

 Go their own separate ways into the world  
 With what they hold hidden.

 Each successful in business, money is theirs, 
 Although happiness is not,

 Emotional scars deep inside forgotten  
 Until the past rings loud in ears.

 Return to this small Maine town they do, seven people,  
 Thirty years lost,

 Bring it to an end this evil, this dancing curse 
 That brings fear.
 Lucky seven, their faith and love for one another 
 Keeps them together,                 

 It's back and these once children,  
 Misfits of horrible family memories,

 Sacrifice all they have, their lives, 
 and destroy this clown But a monster.                     

 A small town curse is destroyed as finally these friends  
 May have peace,             

 They now learn of laughter, love, and happiness  
 Though seven are now five.

 The dancing clown, Pennywise, IT.

       Keith Garrett  

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