They Said It Was A Panic Attack
Ate salmon that night.
Put me off water for a long time after.
Sitting there in my comfy chair, and there’s this tightness like I can’t breathe, so I pull myself upright, inhale, but panic is having its way with me.
It’s like a voice telling you
three tales at once, but without your consent.
It’s the season of water. And sweat. Breath won’t find my lungs, it’s unbraided my throat and died. Flights of birds flutter in my chest and the hum of bees in my ears.
Muscles draw back,
talons like a corner of damp paper.
The floor spins drunk, and I’m abandoned by my childhood nest. I call out to my father, who’s long dead, gone into his sky with my ragged poems.
Me. Compressed like the backside
of paper, and drowning in my own chaos.
Doc said it was a panic attack.
Note: This happened many years ago, and I’ve not had one since.
|Written for Visual Verse’s February image prompt. AI Digital Art is mine and created using Midjourney’s bot (v4). Image and poem ©Misky 2023 Shared on Twitter #amwriting @midjourney|
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