When You Were Whole

The moment of impact

Lights flash spasmodically, colorful.

Time warps faster and slower,

But no one else notices.

You’re underwater, but so is the ringing,

The people above you are urgent, but they’re on the surface,

Their voices muted, arms waving nonsensically.


Afterward, it isn’t the same.

Try as you might, you cannot remember

What it felt like before,

You cannot remember

What it was like to exist

When you were whole