How Are You? How am I? I am raw – I am stripped to the soul, bleeding, Naked and screaming, I am exposed and I’m yielding to the horrors in my mind. I am breathing in fumes From the hate that surrounds me, Consumes me and hounds me, I am running from a past I cannot leave behind. I am trying to swim through a tide of self-loathing And I feel like I’m sinking, The air pocket shrinking As I strike for a shore I can no longer find. How am I I am broken – I am torn and I’m shattered My remnants are jagged I am splinters of the person I once used to be I am picking up pieces I have no hopes of mending The pain is unending And if there’s a way, it’s a path I can’t see. I am locked in the dark behind bars of revulsion There are no lights or candles, The doors have no handles, And I know there’s no way to ever be free. How am I? I’m alone – I am scared and I’m running The ending is coming I am angry I am fighting I am kicking and biting Clawing and flailing The life in me failing I’m flagging I’m losing I’m choosing I’m done. How am I? I’m good thanks – how are you?