Panic

It charges again

The circular knot in the chest

Shallow breathing, mind racing

Must do, must do, must do

 

Hands work, feet move

But there is no peace

Move on to the next thing

Must do, must do, must do

 

Try to relax, push air in

Clear the head but it won’t go

Popping from place to place

Must do, must do, must do…

 

Collapse in the chair and close eyes

Muscles tense and release

Distract and self-soothe

Take medication to slow down

And finally it lets go

The doing stops

And the being returns

 

© 2015 Valerie Hathaway

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