By Jessica Ricks

Breathe In, Breathe Out


Everything stops.

Shaking hands, heart palpitations

Throat tightens,

There is someone standing on my chest

Weighing me down.

I am falling through space, accelerating,

The world is a haze.

My breath is stuck, oxygen deprived

Concentration long gone.


Breathe in, breathe out.


Time freezes.

Suddenly I am a ghost no longer part of myself

On the outside.

Nothing I can say 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 just as fast as they came,





Breathe in, breathe out.


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