Up and Away

Image description: Yellow aspen leaves with blue sky in the background

My spirit quakes
Like a tremor of the earth
A snake
Sits in my throat
Winds its way down to my heart
And squeezes

Blood buzzes in my ears
I breathe like a trembling aspen tree
Leaves brittle with cold

My thoughts are guppy fish
Swimming in endless manic circles
Trapped in a tank
Too
Small
And I look at the world distorted through water
Or is it plastic?

I need to get out
To go out
Breathe clean air
Feel the grand rush of the
Open

I need
Mountains
Trees
Water

I need it to fill my lungs
For the meadows to embrace me
For the sun to kiss my cheeks

I need to be
Away, and
Here.

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