The Abuser

3rd in the 'The Inside Story 2020' competition

You stare down the spiralled staircase:
So steep and unimaginable,
But only taking four steps to complete its circle.
Step 1: Your first,
The unexpected exhilaration following.
Step 2: Your return to the motion,
The destination of this journey clouded and you -
Blissfully ignorant to the darkness below.
Step 3: The desire forces you further,
Your body propelled by your need to keep travelling.
How far can you go?
Step 4: Rock bottom.
A prisoner inside your own body
With the mind as its warden.
You cannot go back the way you came.
You must learn to fly.


25 was established in 1997, and since then we have successfully completed numerous short story and poetry competitions and publications.
We receive an overwhelming positive feedback each year from the teachers, parents and students who have involvement in these competitions and publications, and we will continue to strive to attain this level of excellence with each competition we hold.


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