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The Voice


“Ha, Ha, Ha,…”

There it was again:

the laughing, the taunting.


“So foolish…”

The voice echoes like ten,

unnerving and daunting.


“You can’t run…”

It says, as I flee

to other rooms, closing doors.


“Ha, Ha, Ha…”

Where could its source be?

As I climb countless floors,


“You can’t escape…”

I turn locks,

throw away keys.


“I am your nightmare…”

Finally, I stop:

the voice is within me.


“I’m always there…”

In the back of my mind

like the hands of fate


“You are nothing…”

it tells me lies,

but I can’t escape.


“Just stop trying…”

My anxiety, the cold fingers of a skeleton,

is beckoning me forward to give up.


“Trust me…” thud.

That I’m not intelligent?

That I’m not enough?

Thud. Thud. Footsteps get closer…

I am stronger than this.

I don’t have to listen.


The knob of the door turns…

My hand forms a fist.

I’ll save myself from my prison.


The door swings open…

“You’re wrong;

my mind is mine.”


Allyson is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree at SUNY Oswego, and is a double major in English and Broadcasting with a minor in Spanish. She is the CC of her college's chapter of Her Campus, as well as the Secretary of the Women's Club Ice Hockey team. She hopes to one day become an author of fiction novels and collections of poetry. When she is not writing or on the ice she enjoys spending her time reading, hiking, and watching anime.
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