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Half-Price Panic Attacks

Spring 2020

 

Back of his friend’s car

 
Watching the shadows
 
Play along the roof
 
In the moonlight
 
Head resting in the curve of his neck
 
Pink Floyd playing on a loop
 
Winter air
 
Crisp and sovereign
 
Blowing along the exterior
 
Of our warmth,
 
Our safe-haven
 
All the while
 
My heart is screaming
 
Within my ribs
 
Why have you let yourself be outside
 
Why have you let yourself be 
 
Anywhere
 
?
 
Panic attacks in bookstores
 
Are the easiest to handle
 
When had in the quiet
 
Of the public restroom
 
With the vacancy lock
 
Firmly in place
 
Picking up the shambles of my soul
 
From beside the novelties section
 
At Half-Price Books
 
Written by Kelsey Woods, a third-year student at Bellarmine from Mount Washington, Kentucky, who is double majoring in secondary education and English. She is on the staff of Bellarmine's Ariel Magazine and her pastimes include reading and writing poetry, listening to podcasts, and occasionally napping.
 

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