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The Monster in My Basement

I started writing this poem a few years ago and only got half way through. It stood for a long time needing to be finished, needing a resolution to the monster problem. Last Saturday before I preached at Thurston Community Baptist Church, I sat down and finished the poem and gave it a fitting ending.

I’d love to know what you think about this poem, so please leave me a comment or send me a note.

The Monster in My Basement

I have a monster who lives in my basement, I know!

He’s been there for about 35 years or so.

He has 4 eyes a giant nose and a huge appetite,

He eats so much food I have to feed him 3 times every night!

I do my best to keep him hidden away,

If my friends saw him I don’t know what they’d say.

The problem is that he’s getting bigger all the time,

Last week he gained about 30 pounds, not counting the slime!

And when he gets mad you wouldn’t believe the nasty scent

which comes up through the chimney and then through the vent.

Once he popped his gnarly head out the door,

I had to convince my neighbor it was a shadow and nothing more.

Years ago he was tiny little thing

Who hardly ate more than a chicken wing.

It wasn’t much to keep him fed,

At night he didn’t even get me out of bed.

I thought, “Now, this is not so bad,


As long as I give him a little food, he’s glad.

No one can fault me if I keep this monster a little longer,

I’ll be sure to get rid of him before he gets bigger and stronger.”

I kept saying that to myself every day of every week

But something kept me from getting rid of that freak.

At first it was fun to have him around:

When I played with him he’d make this cute little sound.

“I can give you just a few more minutes,” I’d say

“Then I’ll have to go and get on with my day.”

We’d meet regularly for 15 mins or more,

Then it was an hour sometimes three or even four.

Now I spend almost all my time with that thief

And he throws giant fits when I don’t bring him roast beef!

I’m tired my poor bones just ache

But I can’t stop now because I know what’s at stake!

If I let him out he’ll run all over town

Spreading his terrible stink around.


Then I figured what would be best:

I’d slaughter that beast and finally get some rest.

I tiptoed down the stairs quiet as can be

Only to find him waiting for me!

“You can’t kill me,” he said with a sneer.

“Just try and I’ll prove that it’s quite impossible, my dear.”

I raised the knife into the air with a start

Then brought it down swiftly into the old monster’s heart.

He looked at me strangely with eyes all aglow


Then said, “Fool, there’s something you should know.

My heart and your heart are one and the same,

You can’t kill me because you’re really the one to blame!”

The truth is I couldn’t remidy my situation

Surely this monster would bring my damnation

I hung my head low and my knees hit the floor

When suddenly I heard a knock at the door


Not now I thought with grief and dispair

Someone will know about this ugly affair

Up the stairs I labored, each step a chore

But finally I made it to that horred door

My heart struck a beat of irregular meter

My hands began to sweat and my legs to teeter


I paused for a moment as I grabbed the knob

Should I try to hide that beastly blob?

No, it was quite impossible now

Even the basement couldn’t contain that ugly cow.

I knew I was done, I wanted no more

So I gathered my courage and opened that door!

Shafts of light filled my home as the door swung wide

It was so blinding I almost thought I had died

I squinted and blinked to see who was there

When out of the brightness a pare of eyes met my stare

Kind and compassionate, yet filled with sorrow


“May I come in” he asked, “or should I return tomorrow?”

“No, come in now, you’re very needed!”

“Could you help me kill a monster?” I pleaded

“Why I thought  you’d never ask” he said with relief

“I’ll do it right now, I’ll get rid of that thief”

“Wait” I cried, “that monster has made me poor as dust”

“It’s ok my son, I require nothing but your trust!”

He marched right down there and removed that brute

I was so happy I jumped into the air and gave a hoot!


“He’s gone that monster, and now I’m free!”

“But I’ll live the rest of my life in service to thee”

Because it was Jesus who came into my home

Killed that monster and sat on the throne


That monster of sin has been removed

My life has changed and my future improved

Thank you Jesus for your great sacrifice

Your death on the cross paid my price.

We have a problem

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? Jer 17:9

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies; Matthew 15:19  

We have hope

So that if any one is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

 For He has made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2Co 5:1721

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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children! My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • Mary M

    I love this! Was reflecting recently on the many attempts to better myself before Christ and how each time I ended up in deeper sin and trouble. Yet Christ was able to completely set me free from addictions I was enslaved to… I owe Him everything and I know truly He alone is good.

    • Yes, that pretty much sums up the glorious truth doesn’t it?

      • Mary M

        God is so good…. thank you for your blog, I have been reading it for years. God bless you!

  • Entertaining and powerfully true. Great job

    • Thank you TC! I enjoyed writing the poem.