Monsters in my head

Words by Aurelne (she/her), 24 WA 

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The monsters in my head

have been very quiet today, but

even while they sleep,

my heart drowns in fear

of them awakening

with no warning.


Sometimes, if I feel

a little stronger, I remind myself

not to feed them, because

these monsters are hungry,

insatiable, and I know

they will take and take,

until my head is empty

and fill that void with roars.


Maybe someday, if I remember

not to feed them

they will shrivel, wrinkle,

and waste away

to nothing more than a speck

of ash, which I will blow away,

and let float across the world,

on wisps of wind.


So today,


today, I will not

feed the monsters in my head.

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