Maia Pedulla // AS I WAKE

I open my eyes to find myself immersed in darkness

Desperately and doubtfully,

I stand, then walk

I stumble, then trip

A sweeping breeze hits my shivering shoulders,

I search hopelessly for any source of light


Where am I?


I kneel down in fear

I feel the hairs on my arms stick up

I run my hands along the floor

I touch something


What is it?


The lights flick on

I open my mouth to scream, and nothing but silence comes out

I try to run, but I’m moving in slow motion

My family lays around me

I look down

Blood on my hands…


Then I wake.