I feel
Like there is a wild animal stuck inside of me
Am I a cage?
A vessel?

At times
We are one
We are strong and powerful
We can do anything
And I feel
Like every pore on my body
Overflows with imperium
An invisible
Physical force

But the times when the animal is strongest
Is when it is smallest
It is smaller than a baby bird
It is lost
And it screams for its mother
But all it has is me
This is when it consumes me
I try to nurture it
But it does not hear me

Was this animal born
Out of pieces of me?
Or has it always been there?
Awoken by circumstance

--Alysha H., Adult