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Mace and Crown | May 24, 2018

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Creative Enclave: "4 Years of Delight" by Caitlin Helveston

4 Years of Delight

by Caitlin Helveston

Dark shadows and bright lights

Lead me to my future just ahead

It’s so far out of reach

Yet so close to my feet

 

The pile of misery

Pushes down on my shoulders

And assignments pile over my head

Why must I live this way? It’s not right

 

The amount of time spent weeping and

Running from the stress and

Not eating and not sleeping and

When will it end?

 

What does it cost to better my life?

My humanity?

My rights?

I’m just a human being working late nights

 

My penny jar is screaming

My stomach is grumbling

My mind is whirling

Please, I beg it to stop

 

Why must my mental breakdowns come in sets of 5?

If I had a quarter for every time I begged for humanity

I would still be as poor as a, oh I don’t know

I thought the answer was: these are the best years of your life

 

My penny jar is screaming

My stomach is grumbling

My mind is whirling

Please, I beg it to stop

 

Once I pass through the tunnel

And reach that bright light

I’ll stumble through the 5 years of needed experience

And be called a lazy millennial who has no life

 

You were wrong

I am strong

I can do this

Just 4 years of, “Please may I survive?”