How Much Longer?

Sometimes I want to 

rip my chest open.


See what spills out.


I wonder sometimes

if my heart is

still beating


because it feels

like it's in pieces. 


Out of breath,

my lungs feel collapsed.


My chest struggles

to rise and fall,

fatigued by emotional ache.


How much longer

will I feel this way?


How much longer

until the pain ends?


Is the only way

to make it stop

to stop breathing?

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