as my jaw
begins to ache
and my skin
begins to scream
water sprays my face
and leaks down my cheeks
my breathing hitches
my chest won’t stop shaking
I tell her to stop

she asks too many questions

I sit up
and sobs rack the room
it’s pathetic
and I wish it would
leave me alone
my mother’s voice
out through the mouth
in through the nose

“I don’t think I can do this”

being here
I can’t think
but she knows me
knows who I am
bring me down
bring me confidence
remind me who I am

“if I can live through this
I can do anything”

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