reality has caught up to the nightmare

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i can’t breathe

dreaming

of being 'in life over my head' 

immersed in the challenges of society

 

i can’t breathe

buried under the weight 

of a four hundred year old anvil 

planted in my chest

 

i can’t breathe

building strength to swim 

against the currents 

arms shackled behind my back

 

i can’t breathe

breaching the surface in time 

to explode my lungs 

with oxygen burning too fast 

like a fuse

 

i can’t breathe 

unless

in my ‘dream becoming a nightmare’ 

i evolve into a fire breathing dragon

i don’t need your air anymore…

 

the nightmare becoming real life

something’s gonna burn, 

fire

is all 

i CAN breathe!

 

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