I Can’t Catch My Breath

I can breathe

But I can’t catch my breath

I run after it in silence, a chase

Silence’s heartbeat begins to pulse

It grows louder the faster I run

I realize running won’t help me, I stop

I huddle underneath imagined tables that no one can see but me, hiding

On the ground, legs pulled up against my chest, head buried in my knees, eyes closed

And I wait

Wait for the noise to subside

It takes time, but it does

Silence doesn’t hurt anymore, for now

I can hear air in my lungs, I breathe

I exhale plumes of fear and hesitation

And I realize

I still can’t catch my breath


Originally posted September 5, 2015


2 thoughts on “I Can’t Catch My Breath

  1. I really love the images that this poem evokes, I can feel the anxiety of the narrator.

    I’m a drama teacher and I’m putting together an online course about how to perform poetry, and I’m looking for people who write poetry to help me by taking my 1 min survey and giving me their thoughts. If you have a minute, I’d love to hear your thoughts. (Your responses are anonymous). Keep writing!!


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