Elizabeth Erhartic is a young writer in Charlotte, North Carolina, whose passions include travel, animals, writing, and beautiful differences. A lover of words, she enjoys expression through writing and has previously been published in Broad River Review, After the Pause Literary Magazine, and FishFood Magazine. Elizabeth currently works in civil rights with the Aviation Department at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. You can find her on Twitter at @LizzieJade5.
The Girl Called Atlas
The girl called Atlas lifted the world, piece by piece, onto her shoulders. With every piece that dug into her body, wore her down, broke her, she heard:
You are lucky. That isn’t the real world.
She felt her bones breaking from the weight, and asked:
What made a world real?
They pointed at pieces she did not have: homelessness, bills, lice, hundreds of big and little pieces, and she,
the girl called Atlas, threw all of her pieces off of her shoulders with the realization that her broken body could not carry
A world that is real.