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Do you ever feel like

Your brain 

has a million

Tabs open at once?

Or you are swimming upstream

And the flow of the river

Grows even more

Turbulent?

Do you ever feel like

The small pit of anxiety

In the middle of your stomach

Has just started 

Blossoming

Into a large, flowering

Unwelcome

Tree?

Do you ever feel like 

Your happy, calm face

Painted on 

With courage

Smarts to melt

Like a frozen treat

Dripping onto the street

On a smoldering day?

I do. 

She says behind sunken eyes

Straining hard 

To stay open, 

With a smile. 

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