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a step, a stumble, it all crumbles
set a foot to the ground, it all falls down
dread entangles limbs.
replay. repeat.
one foot forward, one backward
no cracks, no cracks
step on a crack, break your mother’s back.
click. turn. click.
check the lock. check the lock.
it’s not locked.
replay. repeat.
click, clack, click, clack
wait. doesn’t feel locked
can’t just leave it unlocked.
yanking, pulling, what am i doing
hair around feet, laid on sheets
texture tickles fingers.
replay. repeat.
a pluck of hair, a pluck of hair
until there’s no more there
sore fingers peck a raw scalp bare
voices pound a swollen brain to pulp
stop. redo. reassess. stop. redo. reassess.
a never-ending cycle.
replay. repeat.
i screamed, i cried, i really tried
but by then
it seemed that my free will had died
replay. repeat.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 10:11 pm
i love this !
 
A.lovethegreat said...
Dec. 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm
I have anxiety and depression (soon ADHD). I know that mental illness isn't and will never be funny, have a good day and I hope you get better.
 
B">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Dec. 14, 2017 at 3:58 am
This is great. Excellent. I love it.
 
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