By Jessica Ricks


Everything stops.

Shaking hands, heart palpitations

Throat tightens,

Someone standing on my chest

Weighing me down.

Falling through space, accelerating,

The world is a haze.

Breath stuck, oxygen deprived

Concentration gone.


Breathe in, breathe out.


Time freezes.

Suddenly a ghost no longer part of myself,

On the outside.

Nothing can bring me back,

I can’t do this.

“Get back up! Stop falling!” I scream.

I can’t hear me.


Count to ten.


I remember.

I come to a sudden stop just before I hit the ground,

No more fear.

I take my hand and whisper into my ear,

“You’re okay.”

My heart no longer threatens to escape,

I have returned.

The tears are gone as fast as they came,





Breathe in, breathe out.


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