Panic

My brain is lagging two seconds
behind my body. Time freezes

and then begins again. I cover my eyes with hands
to keep out the crowds. I’m afraid I’m going to fall
off the dock. Or off the edge of my mind.

The water laps at my consciousness and
erodes my confidence. I think of crying but can’t remember why
or how.

Time is lapping me. I wheeze to keep up.
My lungs can’t expand enough.

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