I’m drowning
Struggling to breathe
As the dark
Waves creep
Up and up and up
Excited to consume
Me whole.
I just give
In and let it
Overtake me.”

Mason Elise Patterson is a senior English major and Creative Writing minor at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. She has presented her work and writing at several universities across the country. Her poetry is featured in the sixth issue of Fire Poetry.