The things you feel in your chest and stomach

You feel it in your chest and stomach

When things really hurt

You feel it there too

When anxiety threatens

To swallow you whole

Chew and spit you out 

Before repeating the cycle

Let’s not forget the hunger 

Or the flips and butterflies

When you like someone 

In that way that lovers do  

Did I also mention

The rapid beating 

And involuntary turning

When fear slowly creeps

From the crown of your head

To the sole of your feet?

The cold hand that touches

And grabs hold 

As jealousy slowly takes root 

You feel it in your chest and stomach

Photo by Joshua Abner


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