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.

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 11 years and 3-year-old son, and at least for the next year, I’m on the right side of 40. (Both the interstate and existence, in years). I am a Tar Heel born and bred, and watch every Yankees game I can. My goal is to visit all 30 MLB stadiums in the next 10 years. I’ve been to 5 so far! Obviously I enjoy writing, but I also enjoy watching and reading sci-fi. I’m slowly attempting to finish my first novel, a “humorous” sci-fi romp which may be finished one day. I am a Doctor Who obsessive and choose Star Trek over Star Wars.

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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