My Own Captor

Danielle Adamkiewicz is a graduate student at Montclair State University studying to be a high school English teacher. When she isn’t studying, she is attempting to immortalize the human experience with her words on her instagram page: @quirkyblurbs

The metal rods surrounding me are cold to the touch and send goosebumps across my skin. I wrap my hands around them and begin to shake; first gently to test their strength then ferociously as if all the oxygen would leave my lungs if I spent one more minute in this confine. It rattles and clanks but with no avail tears stream down my face in hopelessness. Collapsing to my knees I notice an engraving at the bottom; my own initials etched permanently. No wonder this cage is so strong...I built it myself.