Livi Goodgame is a poet, writer, and fiddle player from Nashville, Tennessee. She studied English language, literature, and French at Middle Tennessee State University. She is always on the lookout for ways to exercise her creativity, desiring to utilize God-given gifts for the joy of others. Her poetry can be found in Collage, MTSU’s creative magazine, in each issue from Fall 2019 to Spring 2022.
I lean against the stone ledge, gazing out over the city as the embers of the setting sun heat the rooftops. Behind me, the château walls glow with orange light. The bells from the magnificent cathedral spire echo in my ears. Below, college students sprawl among the spring flowers sloping away from the château, giving way to bustling streets. Even from here, my ears catch the whispers of conversations and the chatter of distant shoppers and restaurant goers. Drinking in this image, I breathe out a profound sigh of contentment. A voice in my mind murmurs, How will you ever return after experiencing this life?
Standing atop an ancient castle at sunset, it is difficult to imagine that only a few hours later I might be curled in my bed, stricken and paralyzed while clutching my head in sheer, overwhelming anxiety.