Rather Than Run

My temperature is rising

I feel warmer than I am comfortable

my chest is tightening

my breathing is growing restricted

my thoughts are racing faster

than this subway car can travel

I feel the urge to exit

when the doors open again

but I know

even if I remove myself from this location

circumstances will not change

my anxiety will not decrease

the image in my mind

the flashback

of that comment

confirming the worst of realities

which I hoped to be false

is imprinted

for regardless of where I travel

of how I try to distract myself

it will not fade

until I find a way to heal

rather than run


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