R O O M . P A N I C

lunch came and went
hunger ignored
floors swept
clothes washed
windows cleaned

organizing
sorting
scrubbing
hoping to exhaust the body
since the mind would not be stilled
sun set
dinner poured
cheerios
something to bring a smile
anxiety builds progressively
all sound is raised
all sound is silenced
there is no reason
no explanation
for the trembling

sweating
intense fear

no on is here
all sound is raised
all sound is silenced
prayer
tears
then gratitude for morning
and a distant embrace that
led to sleep just
long enough to dream of birds
escaping mesh traps by

walking away in flip-flops