BY CAELA COLLINS
I want to leave.
I want to shed this body like fall.
I want my mind to be freed and dance around like leaves drifting down to the autumn mosh pit.
I want to go.
I want to burn the burdens of my soul into ashes.
I want my thoughts to hug the flames, a blessed danger with a warm heart and tantalizing smile.
I want to run.
I want to box up all my traumas, throw them overboard, and tumble to the wayside for someone else to stumble upon and find treasure.
I want my memories to be at ease like pampered house plants who don’t know the wind.
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