my cup runneth over with anxiety

she said this with her mouth full

words spitting out in haste

what else could they do but listen

they were no good at untying knots

being all fingers and thumbs and toes

really she needed someone to loosen the load

but they didn’t know that

so they listened without hearing

as she spat out her words in haste

and the knot in her stomach tightened

until she choked on her own panic and died

and they all thought what a shame


copyright May 2016



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