Just breathe

You look confused, eyes tangled
in bewilderment, unsure what comes 
next. Flustered words slowly swim
upstream, tangled in the waterweeds
and obscuring the direction 
of the current sweeping 
your feet out from underneath.

Breathe. Collect your thoughts — they are
but two-cent pieces taking 
up space in a piggy bank you had
hoped fattened by now, or full enough
at least for the both of us.
I’ll be here when you’re ready.


Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for the dVerse Poets Pub challenge: Meet the Bar by changing your perspective. This was an interesting exercise in which I imaged giving myself the advice to think it through before speaking. There’s no rush, and speeding through a problem can only cause more problems. Good advice I often forget.

24 thoughts on “Just breathe

  1. I use internal dialogue all the time – sometimes because of our self knowledge we are the best people to speak to – sometimes because of what we think we know about ourselves we are most definitely not – great post – got me thinking about all that

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  2. I favour second person direct address and the like the twist that you’re giving yourself advice. I imagine you looking at yourself in the mirror, Phillip, and love the phrase ‘eyes tangled in bewilderment’, and the way that the word ‘tangled’ has been used again to describe the flustered words.

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