An insatiable need to live runs deep

Though these walls confine me

Anxious, depressed, thought weak

These terms do not define me

The door opens, outside awaits

First few steps have my legs wobbling

Sweat glands on overdrive, my face hot

Tight chest, my heart, it’s throbbing

My sweat has dampened my clothing

I already feel I’ve gone too far

Looking back, barely over the threshold

I retreat with only my ego to mar

Closing the door, my body can’t stop shaking

I know I need to try again

My mind can settle, temporarily

But the question remains – when?

Author: Sarah Perry
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