In a little room like this, long ago,
phantoms were slain in the dark.
I stared into an abyss and
after I was less afraid.
I want ever to be unchanged;
shall we lay and dare the rain
falling in shadows on the walls?
Shall we say that we will dip
into the deepest place and
with handfuls of unquenchable strength,
ease the worried small?
As they sleep,
shall we fit the young
in armor of the brave?
— Charles Bane, Jr.
With Halloween around the corner, In A Little Room is a poem that aptly captures childhood fears and evokes the season. In A Little Room is the latest installment in the serialization of Charles Bane Jr.'s 2011 volume of poetry The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). Part of a years-long journey, where we share and explore Charles' passion — his poetry — with you, our readers.
Charles is also the author of Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2014). His work has been described in the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." He created the Meaning of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project and is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. A new collection of poetry, The Ends Of The Earth is currently taking shape.
We thank Charles for his continuing contributions and wish him well in the publishing of a collection of short fiction entitled, For Whom The Bell Tolls: The Sequel And Other Stories.