No Escape – Prose for Thought

No Escape

there’s no escape

not now, not ever

what I have done will last forever

I can’t turn around

I can’t go back

suffocated; feeling trapped

smile, be happy, laugh, have fun

but sometimes I sink under

I think ‘what have I done?’

hot sweaty hands; palpitating heart

alarm clock in my chest

we will never be apart

it’s getting easier

the feeling does subside

yet snatches of thoughts

to want to run and hide

to commit to another

to make that leap


is mine to keep

don’t think too much

or you’ll go mad

enjoy every moment

that we have

uneasy feeling, leave me be

I want to feel free

Emily Tealady 2013


Prose for Thought

10 thoughts on “No Escape – Prose for Thought

  1. Helen Braid

    The short sentences work so well here – make the reader feel trapped too. You have captured the feeling of anxiety and its subsequent passing in a lovely way x

  2. Dragonsflypoppy

    Like Helen said, you’ve really captured that anxious feeling in the ways it’s phrased. That sense of responsibility can be overwhelming, and I love the part when you say ‘don’t think about it too much’ – because that’s so true! xx

  3. Judith

    Oh I felt so tense reading this, really really effective writing. And so honest – very necessary to admit to yourself that you can feel that way.


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