For We Write Poems poetry prompt: Guardian Angel
Yes, more than one,
all come to guide,
protect and encourage.
Yakky red tulip who spoke
of sturdy singular life,
and the colors of beginnings.
Siberian tiger named for lesson
he came to teach, and often
speaks in riddles.
Loner, black wolf beckoning
from edge of dark forbidding forest,
yet stayed for want of friendship.
Jacobina, mountain lion
with knowledge of how to obtain
those hard supplies.
Quiet swift owl swooping toward
descending stairway, to reveal Kodiak bear
that resides in imagination’s basement.
So many more, mythic creatures,
dragons large and small, black panther,
golden eagle, fisher and fawn,
all drawn to help one lone child
to learn how to be the best human being
she could ever dream of becoming.
Elizabeth Crawford 3/1/11
Process Notes: Guardian angels are paracletes, those who are called to come alongside to guide and to teach. All the creatures in this poem are pieces and parts of my Personal Mythology. They each have a name, a definitive purpose, and a story to tell. They came, like guardian angels, when I needed them and they helped me parent my inner child, who is the source of all imagination.