For this one, you must get a child's psychic advice before you two are burned up.
PULP COUPLET X (any gender, mid teens through late life)
What do you see, child?
Is it safe or is it wild?
You can see what is not there
Is a ghost beneath the stairs?
We need to get to the first floor
And then run out through the door
Before this fire burns us alive.
But would we still survive
If the ghost meets us halfway?
Oh child, should we stay
And wait for rescue here?
Or is this just your fears?
You may have psychic power
But your mind's not fully flowered.
You can still have some delusions
And perhaps there is confusion
Of what's real and in your mind.
I want so to be kind
But if you don't stop crying now
And snap out of this somehow
I may need to slap you out of it.
It'll be too late in just a bit.
Now take a breath and say:
Is there something in our way?
Copyright 2016 by Matt Haynes. If you would like to use this piece, please credit: "Courtesy of Matt Haynes and The Pulp Stage"