Spring Poetry Contest Third place winner, Overwhelm.

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Written By Melia Henrichsen

The great unknown 

What does the future hold for me? 

Unfamiliarity 

Uncertainty 

Am I capable of being 

Thrown into the real world 

Will I drown? 

Or 

Will I learn to swim 

Amongst the rest of society 

Engulfed in the ocean 

Waves crushing me 

burying me 

pushing me further and further 

down 

until I’m 

Buried neck deep 

Drowning 

My breath gone, 

dissipating 

into 

thin air 

Floating away like a balloon 

Immense stress that is 

Humongous 

Gigantic 

Enormous 

Becomes its own person 

Takes over my body 

Debilitating 

No room for me 

I am powerless 

I am broken 

I am no longer me 

I am no longer in control

Why? 

Overwhelm. 

My brain transformed 

Sponge 

to rock 

Can’t think 

Hit on the head with a boulder 

Blank 

Blackout 

Block 

I tell myself 

Ignore the stress 

Push through 

But it doesn’t work 

How will I succeed in life? 

What is success? 

Is it the American dream? 

Is it a good career? 

Is it power? 

Is it money? 

I think 

True success 

Is happiness 

Is joy 

Is love 

Success is surrounding yourself with people 

People who can support you through your overwhelm People who watch with you as your overwhelm dissipates Like water evaporating 

Finally the sun reappears 

After a stormy night 

Left with a rainbow 

Stronger than before

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