I remember

I remember how it took a misstep to fall into a whole that was never there

Sand covered face

Mumbled screams


Tears being swallowed up by my deceitful mind,

I remember

Putting my head down

And accepting defeat

For reasons still unknown to me,

I remember

How I had to bargain my freedom by folding my stories in a box and throwing it into the river

Just so I don’t end up there again

I remember

My tired eyes about to close on their own

And that was when I knew I had to fight

Fight for the body that didn’t want to be recognized

Fight for the sore mouth

Fight for the aching heart

And a better life,

I remember.