When at last the pressure kills you inside,
When you want to scream, but your insides are too weak to make a sound.
The distant sound of that soothing voice gone,
You want everything to stop.
You want a break.
Even though I am young,
I know that feeling of pain.
When you are too subdued in all your responsibilities to notice the world around you.
You want a break.
The expectations are rising like the magma inside an active volcano about to erupt,
A flood of thoughts seem to drag your senses away, as if it were a sedative.
You want a break.
There's no way out of it,
You're trapped,
In a world that is unfamiliar to you.
In the end I just want a break.


23 was established in 1997, and since then we have successfully completed numerous short story and poetry competitions and publications.
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