A poem by Mercedes Lynn Calabro

man sitting on rock

I have struggled with anxiety my whole life. It makes me
feel like the world is ending.
Like it’s crumbling before my eyes and
I’m responsible. As if trying my hardest is
going to fix it all. As if I have some responsibility
to the universe to keep it together. That everyone will
die without me.
But what about me? I have to figure out how
I’m going to take care of myself. How I’m
going to put myself first and
to let go of that false responsibility and


Mercedes Lynn Calabro is a 22 year old aspiring poet and fiction writer. She spent all of school taking as many writing classes as possible and working for the school magazine as an editor. Now she writes about her life experience with mental health and addiction recovery.

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