dread

i am more frightened

by the people

who refuse to vote

at all

for either party

 

than for the people

voting

for him

 

their shouts and cries

rock me to my core

 

but the silence

is oppressive

creeping

like dread

Howling

my dog

started howling today

because I think he thought

he was alone

 

even though

I was right around the corner

in the other room

 

and when I interrupted

to let him know

I was there

he was surprised

to see me

 

but I’ve been feeling

that way too

 

eating single-sized

portions

and going home

to sleep

 

It’s hard

to see

all the people around me

who love me

who I haven’t seen

in a while

because of work

or study

or an unplanned head cold

 

maybe

one day too

I’ll figure out

the irony

of the importance

of creating a stress-free

environment

for all my students

 

while I am

so stressed

I don’t eat

or I don’t sleep

or the anxiety

turns to bile in my stomach

 

I just need a reminder

of all the people I haven’t seen

of all the people I miss

 

I just