By Amy Maynard
Anxiety is a thick black
viscous substance that
thrums beneath the skin.
It seeps into the heart and weighs it down.
Its tendrils wrap themselves around the
lungs and ribcage
It is grease for the wheels of the mind that never slow down.
It is the stuff that
in jaws and causes teeth to
crush and grind.
It seeps out of the skin as tears
and becomes shimmering water once it oxidises.
Sometimes it runs hot and turns saliva into venom and unleashes words that were coiled in the brain.
And just as a bee gives its last breaths to sting so does the venom cool and coagulate until the words can’t be brought back and the body goes cold
and it gets dark
in the sarcophagus wrapped around the self.
From sun rise to sun set the black liquid buzzes and hums as it vibrates