by Sophie Ulin
Illustrated by Anya Mohindra-Green
Sound shatters the walls that enclose my mind Shards of glass stick out from the gooey material That makes up the human brain The white noise never stops And I’m constantly surrounded By the pain By the love By the hate Suddenly a scream breaks the noise There’s no way to identify the screamer Or the reason behind it Please let calmness return, Please let the Pain, Love, Hate, The parts that make up the white noise Come back, Take over. The screaming continues, Raging on, and on, and on. Please make it stop. I’m begging, Praying, Hoping. But it never does. The screaming never stops. Someone identify it, Someone end it, Someone save me. My hand reaches for my mouth, Vibrations bounce off, And suddenly I’m aware That I am the one who is Screaming.