Life & General

A Hard Emotion

I’m sure there’s a German word for it
The feeling
Like you’ve been crying for hours
Yet your eyes are dry
When you wake

The heavy dread
that lies in your chest
Every time you think
About what you need to do

I have to
I’ve got to
It’s time
It’s time.

What I would give for more time
To linger at home, safe and warm
Just like this
Precisely like this

But the deadline looms
The space behind my eyes hurt
My chest feels heavy
and I’ve got to go.

  • Madeleine Kendrick, 2018

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