Creative Lit

The Guardian of the Soul

by Mikayla Mislak

The little boy wants
to believe in the
wonder
the hope
the memories
and the dreams
but fear crawled from
underneath his bed. It unhinged
its dark jaws and started to
swallow
the boy whole.
With his breath quickened and
his eyes stitched
closed
the boy buries himself in
his bedspread catacomb. The desire
the need
for childhood make believe
is too strong for the others
to understand. As he cries in
this pitch black world
an angel answers his prayers.
Joy
this is what fights off
the fear. This is what
protects the soul.

Inspired by the 2012 film, “Rise of the Guardians”

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