my chest tightens when you speak,
hands clench, teeth scraping.
I hold my breath, for I can't breathe.
I open my mouth, but no words escape.
& you look at me in anticipation;
eyes pleading, daring me to speak my mind.
My mind races, emotions crash over me--
I'm supposed to say something.
but like a tidal wave
we collide and it knocks me to my knees.
I struggle to stand, and am swept away.
the moment has passed.
i see it in your eyes
as pleading turns to frustration...&disappointment
you walk away, shaking your head,
and i can finally breathe.