Emotional War

I think, I feel, I fear
Irrational thoughts that
Overthrow logic and reason
My heartbeat quickens
As panic intensifies
My entire body
On alert
Waiting
Watching
Sensing
Danger surrounding me
Suffocating me

My breath shallow
Rasping
My limbs weak
Trembling
A dense fog
Within my mind
My body
And soul
I am trapped
Motionless, heavy limbs
Gravity magnified
Pulling me down

I close my eyes
Focus on my breathing
The silence around me
Punctuated by time
A ticking clock
Counts my breath
I breathe deeply in
My body relaxes
My heart slows
I breathe slowly out
The fog clears
Revealing peace


copyright © 2018 Karen Horsley

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