Friday, August 19, 2016

The Monster Above the Boy's Bed

Boom! I am a monster, bellowed the monster above the bed
     I am not afraid, says the boy with dry eyes
But it's my job to scare you, says the monster
     Who gave you this job? Asks the boy
My creator, answers the monster. He made you, too.
     Why? Asks the boy
So I would have someone to scare, answers the monster
     Who did He make first, me or you? Asks the boy
Me, of course, huffs the monster. I am mighty. I am older and bigger than you.
     But you do not scare me, says the boy. Your job is useless.
Why do you not fear me? Asks the monster
     Because He spoke to me, this Creator, answers the boy
When? Asks the monster
     When you turned my home into dust and mixed it with my blood, answers the boy
What did He tell you? Asks the monster
     He said once I have seen who is stronger than you, I should not fear you, says the boy
Who is stronger than me? Huffs the monster
     Him, cries the boy

Lilas Taha is a novelist, winner of the 2017 International Book Awards  and is the author of Shadows of Damascus and Bitter Almonds.