A Little Longer


Gentle breeze running



Across a vast scale of water



Twinkling drops



Everlasting faith in drowning



I plummet to the bottom of



The Earth's well



Tangled in too-tall seaweed



And sun's rays filter through



To my frail bones



And aching heart



 



Back up I go



Air is much lighter



Than death



And I float to the surface



Another twinkle on the face



Of a green hollow



 



I wish I could stay



Just a little longer



Just until my lungs begin to burn



And my muscles all let go



I want to be one



With the lake



And one with myself



Even if just for a little longer

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In writing "A Little Longer" I confide my solace in the water. Through my sixteen years of life I have struggled with depression and anxiety. I learned to swim at a young age and have always found peace in the water. I view water as a powerful force, like the ocean, since it is both vital to our survival and dangerous. I often sink as far as I can, relax, hold my breath. There is a great pleasure in being able to trust yourself, your body, enough to know you can relax in water. In the water I have the control. It's a place I can stay constant and away from my cycling emotions.