Lexie Wise
Jan 25, 2022

Quick Air

chest pains were apparent on the drive home

like the kind that make you wonder

is this a small dose of a heart attack?

this scared me

weirded me out

to notice, actually feel,

a shortness of breath

a tightening in my lungs

consciously consuming my air

did I run out?

when did this happen?

a slow progression maybe

focus, focus

okay, first things first


breathe in and out

forcing myself to take in more

than the thoughts divide

more air

less thoughts

quickly now

no, slowly


and we’re back

for now

Lexie Wise

English teacher and lover of all things creative. I write to escape and embrace.