Feel my heart palpitate

as it climbs up my throat –

choking my breath.

I’m in a crowd,

and I feel undressed.

Vulnerable –

scared out of my head.

My social anxiety

has pushed me

up against a wall.

Trapped in its clutches –

I’m twice as small

as that ant I see crawling

on the floor.

Hold my hand.

I’m sorry it’s sweaty,

but when you’re next to me,

the world doesn’t seem so crazy.


(Photo by Lauri Koski of