CW: mental health/depression

Spravato's song


by Kara Dunford



Our story begins, as some do,

with our heroine languishing in the desert.


That’s when I appear, her last drop

of water, relief at the end of the rope.


She’s told herself to try.

She’s tended the fires of tomorrow,


keeping watch even when

she was sure they would go out.


And here I am, 84 milligrams of hope,

an escape route disguised as a nasal spray.


Sit back, I say: you’re seeking a way out of

the valley, and I have the map.


Sit back, I say: you’re searching for

the light, and I have the match.


Sit back, I say: sit back.



Kara Dunford (she/her) is a writer living in Washington, DC. Her favorite poets include Lucille Clifton, Matthew Olzmann, Maggie Smith, and Ocean Vuong. She loves theater and ice cream, and she can often be found rooting for the Red Sox, Washington Spirit, and DC United, or exploring used bookshops.


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