you can stop the snapping.
You can leave the little hole-in-a-wall cafe.
You can take off your hipster hats
and turn off that single spotlight.
I'm not here for that.
I'm not here to be judged,
like I have been my entire life.
I told myself that I was finished
with the judgemental faces at the back of the classroom
and the hidden whispers behind my back.
I am here to save you.
To bring you out of this world
to leave all of this behind.
Forget the frozen yogurt, YouTube videos, memes of Jackie Chan, foodporn on Instagram, drama on reality television.
Let all of it escape your mind.
All that should be left is
your heart and soul.
It's heavy, isn't it? Carrying your heart and soul.
Cradling your thoughts, emotions, and feelings.
Because you have so many that they are about to overflow
but you hold onto the lid as tightly as you can to supress them.
Inhale. Gather all of those scrambled thoughts, emotions, and feelings.
Condense them into a long rope that starts at your throat
and travels all
into your gut.
Exhale. Let the rope of emotions tumble out of your mouth.
Let every unsaid comment, withdrawn sob, silenced scream escape your lips.
Magically, it all comes together.
It becomes your entire life poured out
for the world to see.
But only you can truly know what it all means,
where it all came from.
And when you take your next breath,
you'll realize that
it's a lot lighter.
And you feel braver, stronger, more beautiful and confident than ever.
You don't care that you justt bared your soul to everyone around you
because you found a new relief,
a life-saver floating in the ocean for when you're too tired of swimming.
You found poetry.