When the words you choose for yourself
cause ripples in your calm,
the waves begin to crash inside
& all control is lost to a pull
that feels larger than you.
You're frightened into darker depths;
the air is lost, the sky is gone.
But as you're sinking,
you see a thread that gets thicker
hold onto this
& let it pull you up
until you break the surface
of a reality that hurts.