Image for the poem Breathe


Standing on the edge of the crowd  
racing mind, sweaty hands  
trying to calm down but  
you're scared & you can't  
your heart beats faster  
the voices get louder  
the lights start spinning  
you're getting dizzy  
and you just...  
can't seem to...  

Sitting in the crowded lunchroom  
self-conscious & afraid  
Are they judging me?  
Can they somehow see?  
My panicked face?  
My heartbeat race?  
or the anxiety,  
taking hold of me,  
until I...  
just cannot...  

Why can't I breathe when I need to most?  

Standing at the front of class  
icy smiles, staring eyes  
watching every move I make  
trying to see beneath my disguise  
Why do they watch me?  
What do they hope to see?  
As my chest tightens  
my visions darkens  
And I...  
just cannot...  

But I want to breathe...
Written by kathyrivers (Kathy Rivers)
Author's Note
Everything I write comes straight from my heart. I never write a poem that isn't completely drowned in my actual emotions.
All writing remains the property of the author. Don't use it for any purpose without their permission.
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