When I was fifteen, there were only three more years
until I could leave.
I numbered the days like some people count calories
counting until there was no air left.
Out of breath, out of step, out of line,
one more time;
try a little harder,
push a little faster,
be a little better, a little stronger,
I'd spin in circles until I was dizzy,
around and around andaroundaroundaround
before starting all over.
Out of control, too fast to ever really stop.
And then back to the beginning again
where I first began,
reduced to less than nothing,
just a slip of the person I'd hoped to become.
When I was fifteen, life was a game
where there were winners and losers
and then people who didn't ever quite make it.
Neither a winner, nor a loser,
neither a hero nor an enemy,
just nothing at all.
I ran around, afraid of everything,
hoping if I ran fast enough, whatever was lurking in the shadows might never catch me
I ran until one day, I slipped and fell down the rabbit hole,
past where anyone could see
I fell through the cracks I sidled around everyday walking home from school,
books in one hand,
memories in the other,
clinging to both for dear life.
I was just a sprig with dead leaves and a damaged stem,
no petals or blooms,
my roots growing in the wrong direction, defying gravity.
Empty hands reaching up into the air,
grasping for something to pull me back to earth,
push me forward into the world.
Desperately searching for something to believe I was enough,
believe I was worthy.
Believe I wasn't a mistake,
a surviving **** in a blossoming garden.
When I was fifteen, there were only days
Every minute accounted for
yet all forever lost in one sleepless dream,
in one fell swoop.
Time lost, standing still, forgotten,
my watch the only thing keeping each day from running into the next.
I am not fifteen, anymore.
I have found my roots,
It's safe, it's home.
Time is not forever,
but neither is this.
It'll be okay.
You'll be okay.