i am more frightened

by the people

who refuse to vote

at all

for either party


than for the people


for him


their shouts and cries

rock me to my core


but the silence

is oppressive


like dread



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


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



one day too

I’ll figure out

the irony

of the importance

of creating a stress-free


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