I want to scream. I can feel it wound up tight in my chest like a spring, set to snap with one more twist and I keep twisting. It doesn’t cut loose. It just winds around again, pushing harder on my breast bone. What does that say about me anymore? I wonder…

Walking through liquid walls into elaborate landscaped deja-vu, looking for pieces of you, looking for blue feathers, butterflies and white rabbit tattoos, golden rings of promised things, arrows to the escape hatch, anything to cling to. The trees wilt under the weight of unfinished dreams and schemes, and plans of undone Sugar Plum Fairies with hangovers and smokers coughs. All the little sparks from the fires in the wishing wells chase into the night in search of real air, in search of atmosphere enough to make them feel like they still sparkle. The moon has blushed at the mess.

The bread crumbs look like pieces of a skull and they don’t lead back home. How did I get so lost? The needle piercing the dark, taking all my breath with it. They don’t know what they’re doing. I can’t find your hand.
The room not white but grey, and too cool, at the back of the building, windowless, with all the charm of the mother-ship. Even if I could get it out, no one could hear me scream.

The waiting room was stained blue tapestry chairs, filled with other never theres. It took every ounce of strength I had not to run. The ugly forest green carpet was hiding land mines. I could hear them whispering, yes I could. So I closed my eyes, hoped I could still fly because it was my only way of getting out of there alive.

I couldn’t take off. I needed rocket launching straight lift. I couldn’t take the three step run. I hadn’t practiced getting airborne without it. I could feel it. A little trickle, slow and warm down the inside of my shoulder blade, my broken wing. I’d been meaning to get that fixed too, after I’d fallen in between that rock and the hard place.

I was emotionally crushed for awhile by memories of having seen too much of my own blood pouring out of me. Suffocated by a fear, not of death, but of leaving the people I love before I’d had enough time with them. Leaving them in this world without me. Crushed by what it would do to them. By what I would miss of their lives, all the things I wouldn’t get to see and feel and know. Trapped, by a feeling so close to insanity, biting my own tongue, the taste of liquid lead in my mouth as I endured it and broke free from the convulsion and begged, pleaded, for my life. Haunted, unable to clearly remember if I might have cut a deal…in my sleep? For what? With whom?

“You’re all done, Sweetie. Lay there for a minute. If you get up too fast you might feel dizzy, nauseous. When you feel like you can sit up, go ahead, slowly. You can get dressed. You are free to go. Your doctor will call you with the results. The area might feel tender or bruised for a few days. Anything more than that, you should call us. Okay?”

I want to renegotiate. Maybe I’ll take it all back outright.