There is a monster that lurks within everyone
Sometimes you will find them and it will strike you dumb
Especially those that you love and trust
The discovery is unwanted because it’s always unjust
You think you know someone
You know them well
But they have dark secrets within them as well
We all do my dear
Don’t you lie to me!
Everyone has secrets
You just don’t see
You can’t know everything, the truths or the lies
You just have to wonder and realise
You aren’t with the person 24/7
If you were my dear surely you’d be in heaven?
So, what is the reason you fight for the monsters?
What is the reason pray tell?
Is it because in your deepest of hearts, you would be like them as well?
Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman
Reading about trolls since childhood has always made me a little nervous, because of the childhood nightmares I had about bridges and what lived under them – this story was read with reluctance, but I am proud that I read it because it was a wonderful tale.
I loved the twist of why the troll existed and how it is trapped in its magical world and had literally little choice in devouring lone stray children nearby its lair and how it can be freed if he found someone willing to help him – little would be willing to help him so they usually succumbed to a terrifying fate.
I love worlds like this, where monsters aren’t really as monstrous as they seem, that they too have lived through something terrifying and aren’t what they seem. Though it is easy to sympathise with the troll in this story it is still a terrifying creature nonetheless.