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This room is filling quickly. I am not Atlas, but Poseidon, who never learned to swim.

I cannot swim — it’s pathetic — the ocean terrified me as a child. 
A fear of the unknown is something I swallowed, learning how to be masculine. 
To be a pillar holding nothing, a performance of strength. 
To be an open book. Atlas, shallow-chested, drained. 
I left my window open because I heard, somewhere, 
That drowning is peaceful, simple.

I am not Atlas, I am not Poseidon. This room is filling quickly. I am a very small boy. 

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Joshua is commended in Super Mario, Fidget Spinners & Beyoncé: The Pop Culture Poetry Challenge on Young Poets Network.

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Floods by Fightstar Plays in the Background

Joshua Jones

This room is filling quickly. I am not Atlas, but Poseidon, who never learned to swim.

I cannot swim — it’s pathetic — the ocean terrified me as a child. 
A fear of the unknown is something I swallowed, learning how to be masculine. 
To be a pillar holding nothing, a performance of strength. 
To be an open book. Atlas, shallow-chested, drained. 
I left my window open because I heard, somewhere, 
That drowning is peaceful, simple.

I am not Atlas, I am not Poseidon. This room is filling quickly. I am a very small boy.