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Not Built To Relax

I am not very good at relaxing,

I have never had a quiet mind.

When I talk

I trip over the words ahead of me,

tongue too slow for brain,

mouth numbing as I stick on a sound

and turn that over and over again

until I force myself to stop

and reset the track.

It is not a stutter.

It’s a meltdown of language

and if I hesitated to breathe

I’d master the sentences,

know what I was saying

before the noise was spoken.

How can I relax

when I do not know what I will say next,

or when I will need to bridle my mouth

and bite off the bullets

rattling behind my teeth

all to keen to gauge holes in someone else.

I am not built to relax.

I have not got the patience for it.



Daily Prompt: Relax

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.

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