past tense

February 29, 2024

i’m scared of dying.

i have more to do in this world.

why do i crave the same poison

i’ve been recovering from?


his grip tightens as i start

to overcome, to start anew,

to lose control of what he once knew.

is this man in my mind?


i thought i’d left behind

the fear and the guilt

that kept you near.

but who is it? what does it all mean?


it’s a part that strips me of my humanity

to operate like a learning machine.

what is terrifying about the present?

are there things in my life that i’ve

grown to resent?


resisting change yet proclaiming my


Kailani Norwell is an amateur writer. She writes for the love of writing. It is her sincerest form of expression—a way to put her wide-ranging ideas and life experiences into something cohesive. As a clinical therapist, she helps others find, listen to, and use their voice. And her writing is her voice. The world as she experiences it is her inspiration, and her love of personal flair fuels her style. She doesn’t think she’s to write the next great American novel, but she’s to write something. Stay curious.


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