I am invisible. A hoard of animals roar past me.
In this world everything makes sense. An object twice my size and weight can be carried.
I hear a noise. The sound of a women calling.
I was outside of myself. There was a women that looked like me, screaming. Her hands violently swinging through the air.
They see her too. Why aren’t they helping?
My legs are stuck. I can see my halves. Small but strong. Tall but weak. But I am stuck between two parallels. Lost in a place where I can’t reach her, it.
I am quivering. My head against the ground. Everything stops. The only movement, the only sound, come from the souls on the pavement as people walk away.
I would have liked for someone to have come up to me.
Heidi, everything is going to be okay.
I don’t usually put this sort of thing online, in all honesty it kind of scares me. I am in my third year of university at the moment studying journalism, and I am taking a class about writing literary journalism. In other words journalism or non fiction that reads like a fiction novel.
This week we had a class task in which we had to, watch a video and write a short literary piece based on a scene in that video. The video was an ABC documentary called ‘Angels and Demons’ with interviewer Andrew Denton. The documentary was about schizophrenia. The part of the documentary we were tasked with recreating was when a lady named Heidi Everett described a moment when she thought she was in the body of an ant. The documentary is available here and the particular bit I wrote about is near the end of part 5. (I’m not sure if this is available outside of Australia, unfortunately I have no way to check.)
So yeah. I just thought I’d share it.