Creative Lit

The Monsters I See

by Mikayla Mislak

people don’t believe me when
i say that I can see them
grey lockers smeared with my
calling card
“Freak”
i’m just a kid but
they see fit to crucify me
laugh at me
i’m just a kid that sees monsters
but they are the kinds
that everyone can see
why can no one else believe
that girl from hanging nooses
and witch hunts
is the only one who understands
but she haunts me restlessly
the anger in her heart
is the same that lurks
in mine
but i won’t let their darkness
become me
i will not sleep
and neither will she
until everyone can empathize
with the monsters i see

Inspired by the 2012 film, “ParaNorman”

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