Breath & Shadow
Spring 2018 - Vol. 15, Issue 2
My throat is beehive
that stings and oozes
with poison nectar.
My stomach is a chamber of fists
which thrash desperately
with swinging punches and flailing jabs.
My eyes are stained pearls
as they swell and protrude
trying to capture memories of light.
It wraps its hands around my body,
crushing organs as an after-thought.
It makes my life taste itchy
and appear in blood-shot smears.
It has let me see everything,
everything that I have needed to see.
It reminds me everyday,
how everyday I cannot go unseen.
Fae Kayarian is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Fae is currently a research student in the Longwood Medical Area, where she is involved in neuroscience research and also volunteers in a hospital with patients with traumatic brain injury. A New Hampshire native, she enjoys canoeing, blueberry farming and running. Fae aspires to become a neurologist and hopes to improve patient recovery and wellness by utilizing the brain's underlying mechanisms of neuroplasticity, neuromodulation and neuroregeneration.