In this building of nurses insisting I press the bell and let them help, the panic attack plays through without witness.
A midnight delivery scares the birds out of the trees and into the sky; free and flying and soon they will be calm.
Another minute passes. Another moment closer to morning. Another cry down the hallway from a man who doesn’t know what morning is
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Pink streaks through orange and blue;
The wide world spins on.
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The misty, unsteady world.
The battle against gravity.
The happy pill.
The failed attempt at breakfast;
The nausea of low blood sugar.
The silent prayer
that the lorries will see me coming.
The scream of brakes
and muttered curses;
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