I hate time limits.
I hate deadlines.
I hate due dates.
Well, there's one due date that brought me
All others are black holes that suck my energy out.
They creep upon the procrastinator
on spindly spider legs,
silent and careful.
You don't know they're upon you
until they've half devoured you and
panic sets in as you struggle to escape
the inevitble crush of anxiety that cocoons you.
2 minutes left
and barely enough words to fill a page.
Clocks ticking bring me dread.
Go to your happy place, I whisper to my brain
and attempt to focus on the image
of an endless field of flowers
a never ending sunny day
a light breeze that never dies
a tree that never stops growing
always reaching ever outwards