atlas bowed to the sky

Inspired by Dr. Sarah Neustadter


“atlas bowed to the sky”

Fiction Based on a True Period of Mourning

by Artemis


This journal entry is inspired by true events. Some of the characters, names, businesses, incidents, and certain locations and events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. Any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional.

Trigger Warning: our program often motivates people to discuss their trauma. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, please, take a step back to address emotional flashbacks and trauma before continuing to push yourself. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or the National Suicide Hotline at (1-800) 273-8255.


The boy watched the glittering golden sunlight
peeking over the mountain every morning.
As quickly as it came, he lost sight of the light.
Darkness shrouds his body with weight draped
across his shoulders, forcing him to bow.
The sky rumbles in the light
and he kneels in the darkness.

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