How I Found Peace

How I Found Peace

by Mike D'Andrea

It’s like choking, suffocating,

drowning from the weight of your

anxieties, your

secrets, your


Like desperately treading water,

you throw out lie after lie to stay afloat,

to stay alive,

to keep them satisfied.

But then, like magic,

- like a miracle -

an arm stretched out,

a smile that says,

Relax, I see you,

You’re safe with me.

And then,

after a moment,

a pregnant pause,

you breathe deep,

and then sigh with relief,

and then,



You are finally seen.

You can stop trying.

You can stop crying.

Home has found you.


Featured in our November 2021 issue, "Community"