Asphyxiation

Breathe, my mind tells me,
As the looming horror lingers yonder.
Red, all I see is red—
Its putrid breath tainting the sky.

Breathe, my mind tells me,
As I watch in petrified terror.
A nagging sense in my muscles—
Contracting, attempting to escape, but failing.

Breathe, my mind tells me,
As my vision begins to waver.
The red is shatteringly bright.
I cannot feel the air around me.

Breathe, my mind tells me,
As the cold bites my limbs.
The muscles stop contracting;
Stiffened, I stand erect and unmoving.

Breathe, my mind tells me,
As I try to comprehend the fear,
Running through every nerve,
As I simply try to see.

Breathe, my mind tells me,
As the red leers over me.
Insulting, mocking, it taunts me.
My vision slides again.

Breathe, my mind tells me,
As forgotten senses attempt resurrection.
I am numb but the red keeps moving.
The fear so great I cannot feel it anymore.

I forget to catch my breath.

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