ISO “Something You Should Know”

Something you should know 

is that as a kid I loved the outdoors.

I ran through the woods on hot summer days

leaving screams and yells in my path. 

I built forts with my friends 

as if we were going to live in them forever,

then everyone was gone. 

When the day was over all I could hear

were the raindrops crashing against the roof, 

the animals speaking to the night, and the chirps

of grasshoppers.

Until the day where I couldn’t hear anything, even

my own heartbeat. 

Perhaps this is why I am so scared to 

go out anywhere. Maybe this is why

I don’t trust leaving my house to enjoy life

like I did when I was a kid.


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