The Deep and Dark by Ellie Justice

 You dipped your toes in the darkness, as though to test if it was cold, and i knew right when you shivered, you were more  scared than you had told, i wrote my words into a life ring, something to keep your world afloat, but against the strength of your nightmare, they were a saggy paper boat, i don’t know what the blackness told you, what wondrous things it planned to give, but i watched as the light died in your eyes, along with your will to live, i screamed your name to pierce the silence, but you were long to gone to hear, caught somewhere between being noticed, and wanting to disappear, you once said you were scared of darkness, and that you’d never learned to swim, but with its promises pumped through your veins, you held your breath and jumped right in.

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