Wednesday, April 11, 2012

When the Freaks Come Out

and my mother said
the freaks come out at night
oh, the freaks come out at night

so I ventured into the dark
where the neon lights make it not so
for I had always found myself out of place

in the hole in the wall places
that didn’t exist in the sun
I discovered those people who were truly alive

they danced and they sang and they laughed and they cried
times ten times twenty times twelve
each emotion affecting its vessel so hugely
yet meshing into the enormous wall of rare feeling, of pure living

and I found myself envious
and I found myself joining
adding myself to the creature that held us tight together

then the warm light begn to creep over us
the music quieted, the heartbeat of the beast slowing
leaving everyone to pause, dazed to find themselves alone in their skins

time to go, time to go, time to go
the silent signal called, traveling on the remains of our connection
I felt it but to comprehend the shattering of the magic was beyond me

where do they go, why do they go
I said aloud and when someone answered I was surprised
because no one did before

don’t you know he said
don’t you know the freaks come out in the day
yes, the freaks come out in the day


  1. Kind of an update on the old saying "birds of a feather flock together". But definitely true. For the people that live their lives in the day, the freaks are the night dwellers and vice versa.

    It reminds me of the History channel and this guy that defined the word "Barbarian".

    He said, "A barbarian is simply a person to which you have absolutely nothing in common."

    It's grown out of use, but I think "freak" and "barbarian" have a lot in common as far as definitions go.

    1. Hmm... when I think of the word barbarian I think of someone who is really ill mannered, but I think I've heard that definition before too. So I agree with your conclusion. :)

      It's all about perspective. I love that, as a writer and as a person, I am able to understand many of them.

  2. Great. For some reason I got the song "Closing Time" in my head when I read this.

    1. I'm so glad you heard a song, Jessica. I was kind of going for a song like rhythm. (I'm really hoping you meant it in flow anyway... since I've never heard that song...).

  3. I love this, Brooke! Makes me daydream of wandering outside & finding secret societies of magical creatures :)

  4. This is great! It definitely points out the differences in people and the perspectives in which we view "outsiders," or people who are unlike ourselves.