Content Warning: mental health
Pam Yve Simon – Seahorses, or, How I Am Trying to Hold On
Seahorses are part of the genus
The genus with the same name
as the part of your brain
that handles memory.
Like me, seahorses are poor swimmers.
I remember that seahorses
must hold on to something
to stay grounded.
I try to think of things that are grounded:
trees to the earth, streetlights to the asphalt,
headstones to the grave.
Things that are ephemeral distract me:
kites dancing in the breeze, crickets singing in the grass,
lightning striking in the field.
I am trying to reshape my memory.
I am digging
until I hit solid ground.
I want you to know:
I am safe.
I am still here,
like a seahorse