In Other Words #DVersepoets #Quadrille

Someone says panic attack, adrenaline spike,

low, calm, and confident,

laying a diagnosis out like a challenge,

while I sit here,

stumped, all root and no branch

to climb up,

to escape by,

not a spike but a stake

pinning me in this place.

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14 Comments

  1. A disquieting quadrille, Carol, that reminds me of a time I felt that way – you’ve captured it too well in ‘stumped, all root and no branch’ and ‘not a spike but a stake / pinning me in this place’. It gave me goosebumps.

  2. I, too, was hooked by /all root, no branches/; reminds me of one of the Western sayings, “all hat”. Last year I dealt with panic attacks and insomnia myself; meds and counseling saved the day for me.

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