as we know it

August 17, 2011
when the world ends
(the world will end)
we will all feel it

the first sign
is tightness in the sides of your neck
a slight gasping for breath
you will try so hard to swallow

the second sign
is a tightness in your chest
you'll feel it in your soul, that piercing emotion
choking you

the third sign
the headache bouncing from temple to temple
almost exactly
in time with your racing heart

your breathing increases
the skin
around your mouth pulls down and out and open
to let out a scream

a wail
heat everywhere everywhere everywhere
skin tightening

stuck pain emotion so much emotion so tight skin tightness dry salty hot hot wet salty headache forehead headache brows wrinkled forehead wrinkled cheeks up eyes squinted eyes red sting sting stinging welling they well up and up and up
and out

and down

feeling so much through so little
we feel our world end

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afflatus said...
Sept. 17, 2011 at 3:58 am
hey good work......:)
freakystyley replied...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm
thanks so much!
snaomi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

wow.  the evolution of this poem is really cool - I like the way it disintegrates in such a way that the words almost don't even matter, because you're so caught up with momentum of the poem.

really feels like someone dissolving into tears.

freakystyley replied...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm
Thanks(: That's totally what I was trying to get accross, you get it!
snaomi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm
yikes - just read the comment on the side about your mom :( sorry about that - you can really feel the emotion of it in your words.  and its so true that when people you should look up to (like parents) make you feel small, it is, in a very real way, the world ending
freakystyley replied...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm
Exactly, it's strange how we all come from different backgrounds, but its the drastic situations which pull out strong and important, though sometimes irrational, emotion.
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