Check your bedsheets What nightmares did you leave? Shake em out Gather them up and tie the edges around your throat Let them pool on the ground behind you Fasten yourself a cape- and circle the room once, twice. Peer out the door way Sit at the very tip of the frame. Throw out your voice “Is anyone still there.” Wait a beat maybe even two Then check your heart, what’s left of it And leave it behind. Step into the hallway superhero You know the best thing about capes is they double as cloaks. For little girls with bedsheets knotted around their throats.