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The Calm Before The Storm MAG
Alternately hot flushes and cold sweats traverse my spine.
The hysterical sobbing of a petite brunette fills my ears.
Butterflies start flitting about my stomach,
I clutch my good luck teddies to my chest.
Shivering, trying to maintain a calm facade,
I look to my coach whose puffy breath fogs the plexiglass.
Nervously I lick my dry lips.
Anticipation and dread run through my blood,
I try to swallow past the cotton packed in my throat.
There's a commotion next to me
A girl in blue sequins receives hugs and congratulations.
My name is announced, a muffled echo in the rink
The cold steel glides across the milky white surface
A spray of ice accompanies my starting pose.
I'm strangely calm, a stranger in my own body.
My legs no longer feel leaden.
I wait now in anticipation
For the beginning strains of my music.