By Mal McGuiness
I was drowning.
Water flooded my mouth and ran down my throat like a rushing river, it
penetrated all my capillaries and filled the hollow spaces inside. It was everywhere,
inside me, all around me.
It got in my brain, the thoughts just floated through effortlessly. At first, I
screamed and flailed my limbs.
I splashed and kicked my weak legs. I prayed that someone, somewhere
would hear me.
I stopped splashing.
The weight of the water in my body carried me down, to the bottom of the
My skin shriveled up, my eyes became two caves hollowed out in my face,
and I was consumed by the water.
Fish tickled my bones and played in my insides, they swam through my brain
with everything else under the water.
Gasping for air, I was dying slowly.
I needed an anchor, a life jacket, just a hand to pull me out of the misery. I
Waited and waited,
But nobody came.
As my bones become sand
As I disintegrate to nothing,
Here you are, oxygen.