vocal indicators

absolutism
i speak in absolutes. i dream in black and white. bad things only happen to me. i will never get better.

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pronouns
i can’t help but reference inwards. innards. i am an island. first person singular spills from my mouth. me, myself, and i.

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psychomotor impairment
there’s a slug in my mouth, drowning in molasses. my lips are elephants sitting on my tongue. i sit in fog, awaiting dawn.

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causations & correlations

cortisol
stress eats away at me like acid. i can’t remember my own name. it’s been years since i’ve been myself.

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evolution
all i do is sit and wait while poison pumps into my brain. i should fight, i should take flight. but all i do is wait.

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grey matter
i used to light up like a christmas tree at the smell of the rain. now i’m missing a few branches. my bulbs have burnt out.

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Remedies

snri
i trapped the sun in a pill. it burned a path to the heart, poisoning the poison. it eclipsed the dead, cold thing.

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diet
i took out the trash. i put the ice in the freezer and the flowers in a pot. i gave them water and let them bloom.

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grounding
i let my toes curl in the dirt i came from. they became roots. i sang a duet with a songbird. i finally took flight.

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