Elikem’s Corner: Screams

Elikem’s Corner: Screams

CW: self-harm

When you don’t have a voice, you’ve got to scream somehow 

And I’ve spent these 20 odd years trying to figure out how to scream 

Trying to figure out how to breathe 

Trying to figure out how to simply exist in this world 

Trying to find my voice so I don’t have to scream 

Yet, nothing ever seems to work 


My screams have manifested themselves in various forms 

The cuts on my tongue and the self-inflicted concussions 

The random bruises and skipped meals 

The scratches all over my skin and 30-hour naps

The slurred words and blackouts 


Despite it all, 

you never heard me 

No one ever did 


Elikem’s Corner, a series of poems from our Editor-In-Chief, Elikem Thee Poet. These poems give insight to a piece of her world; her own lived experiences and the experiences of people around her.

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