Wear Protection

I’m swimming.
I’m surrounded by salty water, and I’m swimming to stay alive.
It’s hard. I was never much of a swimmer.
I can flail my limbs about as fast as they go, but all I’ll do is splatter water over my face.
There are two reasons why I’m still afloat:
One, someone’s holding me up;
Two, the water is the earth, and the earth is hard.

I’m stuck in the ground.
All I can do is watch the world growing over me, covering me up.
I can try to dig my way out.
But, I see the jungle above me, and I feel safer here, in the dirt.
Two things keep me in the ground:
One, someone is holding me down;
Two, the jungle is a raging inferno and I tend to burn.

I’m on fire.
All I feel is the sense that I need to extinguish the flames. No pain.
I know that my innards are inflammable.
But, something deeper inside tells me to let it all ignite. Explode.
I have two conflicting thoughts:
One, to put the fire out;
Two, to blow us up.

I’m scattered all across the room.
You kick my safety goggles into the corner and leave just before the roof collapses.

Wear Protection

Micah Brown

Springfield, Australia

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