The cavity in my chest fizzes. Jaw is clenched.
I’m bracing against this feeling. Not accepting how I am in this moment.
All I want is to be better. If I allow it, I’ll feel it. And I’ve been telling myself that this is not okay.
With a jolt of insight, I realise that I can be present to this. Witnessing it will enable whatever this is to pass through.
I’ll finally see it, know what it is.
I won’t have to unwittingly hold on to it or store it for a later date like a saved Facebook video. I could free up that space.
Regurgitate. Spit. It. Out.
Tongue out. Shout. Punching. Screaming. Tears.
Let it rise. Mouth widens as cobwebs stretch.
Something is forming. It’s dark. It’s panic. It’s feathers and claws.
I dislike how messy it is. It’s unclear and I don’t understand it.
It sticks to my throat and cuts me as it flaps and it scraws.
I cough and choke and splutter until it emerges.
Its feathers are slick. It’s still, frozen, wide-eyed.
Then it shakes its head, ruffles its feathers, spreads its wings and flies. It soars.
It spikes into the night, claiming its space in the sky.
Now there’s an empty place in the cage of my chest. This is an unfamiliar feeling.
I’m pale and I’m shook and I’m lighter than before. But I know that there are more birds and reptiles lurking.
They’re hidden, afraid to venture forwards. It will have to be me to have the courage to give birth to these twisted, deformed thoughts and beliefs.
Animals of suppression, being held captive by the expectations of others. Ones that I willingly purchased and am now the shamefaced owner.
I’ve paid the highest price- my freedom, my peace, my happiness. My true beaming authentic self.
But if I can release one ebony, hard-beaked entity, I can growl out more.
I breathe. I open. I’m ready.