Rose Vines

Drawing by Maimuna Maula

Maimuna Maula

Drawing by Maimuna Maula

Samantha Barbera

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I need to learn

I need to stop

I need to breathe

I am so scared

I am terrified

Of everything that lies ahead

That I dropped behind

That I am standing on

I can’t move


Every step I take is one step closer to disaster

The world wants to trap me in a cage

of my own fears and watch me suffer

I am reaching for something

Or someone

To grab onto

But there’s nothing there

I can’t get back up

I am tied down

Will I ever be saved from the rose vines that

long to hold me down forever?