When You Fall

When You Fall, written by Sarah Rabby

The thing about being so fiercely independent
about keeping others at arm’s length
because you don’t need them, don’t need their approval, you’re fine on your own

is that when you break
when you fall through the sky and can’t remember how to breathe
there’s no one there to hear the resounding crash

so there’s no friendly face helping you back up
no one holding out hands and wearing furrowed brows
it’s just you

because all these years you crafted a persona
screamed stay away, don’t even try, you’ll never be enough
fabricated sneers keep you safe, ensure no one sees

how ugly it is when you fall

Sarah Rabby

Sarah Rabby is a 15-year-old girl hailing from Alberta, where the air is occasionally so cold it stings your face and there’s snow for half the year.

Having never been very good at dodgeball, she took to writing hoping it would help her convince her teachers to not make her play. Sadly, it did not.

Nonetheless, she continues to love writing, and spends as much time as she can transcribe her thoughts into words. She is also fascinated by languages and etymology.
Although she is still a fledgling author, she hopes to someday publish a book. In the meantime, she spends most of her time writing and reading, as well as playing board games, training Brazilian jiu-jitsu, drinking tea, and going for brisk winter runs.
You can follow her at @sarah.rabby

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