Poems from Cassidy Paredes

DROWNING

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Here I am, in an open sea.

The waves are crashing over me.

I’m gasping for a breath of air—something to rid me of insanity.

I’m drowning. I’m all alone.

I’m on my own. I’ll die alone.

I blink back tears from dripping eyes,

Wishing emotions could be paralyzed.

I feel too much or not at all, wondering where I’ll go or if I’ll belong.

I’m dead inside. I feel so small.

Don’t want to feel, no—not at all.

So, I give up, couldn’t push through.

I did what I had to do.

You don’t agree? I know you won’t. But I don’t care—not anymore.

I guess that’s it. Didn’t take long at all.

I lost myself and took my fall.

Ded. Tears I shed

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MY SUNSHINE

MY GAMES

CAPTURED

I’M WITHOUT YOU

EMPTY WELL

FLYING

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