To Breathe

The lights.

They're on every night.

Small.

Subtle.

You try to turn them off.

They won't.

They get bigger.

And brighter.

It gets harder to breathe.

So you loosen your collar.

To try to take breath.

Your hands are trembling.

Your face is pale.

Cold.

Broken.

You close your eyes

To try to escape this reality

To disappear.

Why can't you?

Why can't I?

What is it worth to you

Or me?

Us?

Are we the same?

Could we ever be the same?

Could I ever respect you

When when all you do is hurt me,

When you think those thoughts?

But you are me.

So I embrace you.