itching

Whatsapp_image_2019-03-24_at_16.04.23__1_by Jessica Hopkins07 Mar 2018

a mind trapped
in unfamiliar skin
itching, to breathe.

every movement uncertain,
weighed down held back
by insecurity

there's no foundation

no solid ground beneath her feet
flailing floating gasping
for air --

air that isn't toxic,
made sour by its constant circulation
between her fingertips
and her chest.