I spent the better part of a decade
Rebuilding the spine
That you took away;
Vertebrae by vertebrae.
Now I stand tall;
Shoulder blades against the wall.
Bone on glass.
Open the locks
and let it all pour out;
The first summer storm
after weeks without rain.
The salmon are swimming
away from the sea;
To spawn in the very place they were born,
Only to die shortly thereafter,
Because they expelled all their energy
Just getting home.
Julia Bodura Yost is a licensed mental health therapist and artist from Pittsburgh, PA. She’s inspired by the macabre and loves exploring the duality of life and death through the dark side of the human condition. She collects and sells Victorian antiques and relics through her online boutique, Pitt & Pendulum. INSTAGRAM: @pittandpendulum