There is a stillness

a silence in my mind.

It holds me so tight

I feel at home.


Then it constricts

and eases.

Constricts and eases


with my heartbeat.

I bang on my chest

hoping for its death.

Thump. Thump. Thump.

Be quiet

give me peace

be kind.

Give me back

my solitude.


The Couple

     Seated in red chairs 

     They speak in hushed tones

     One holding a pink bear 

     The other holds his words

     A space between them

     Farther than either can reach 

     Yet their legs touch

     As the train journeys 

     The distance traveled

     Is endless