Everything was smooth
Then time screeched to a halt,
Like someone had hurled a boulder at the gears,
the rock jammed into an empty space
between the sharp fangs.
Sound stood still
for one, quick moment.
The gears began to shriek,
trying to grind past the barrier.
At first, the shrieking was
Then it was so fast I thought it would never end.
Everything was pounding,
it seemed like glass was smashing
and suddenly ––
it all stopped.
A pile of shards crumbled into dust
on the ground,
The broken version of me.
I didn’t think I would make it.
I was still there,
but I was shattered.