By Emiyah T. Brooks
From the Mass Communication Department’s 2016 Photojournalism Exhibit
Standing here on this stage, my palms are sweating and my voice is shaking
Can you tell?
Can you tell that aside from this anxiety and nervousness..that I feel this way everyday
I wonder why me?
Sometimes the feeling of being overwhelmed just smacks me in my face and I burst into tears
I don't wana eat
I don't wana go outside
I barely make it to class
Sometimes I don't even know how to feel
I just want to sleep my life l tragedy will I endure next?
The loss of a child has already cut me deep
Seeing my sister bald due to a demon called cancer kills me everyday
What will pull me down next?
All because of anxiety and depression am I feeling this way
I just can't wait for the day that I conquer this whole thing
Everything that has every stole my happiness
The day that I can smile and honestly be ok
And everything not be a lie, lying behind my anxiety and depression