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Today I feel my heartbeat in my mouth:
An old but welcome friend
who had grown so unfamiliar to me over time
The drumming in my chest
It's in iambic pentameter
It's like a clock that counts down to something I never knew I was dreading
A knife meets my lungs at every breath I breathe
There is an inscription on the blade:
"In for 4, hold for 2, out for 6"
a note from the artist-
his was written before my end-of-year english literature exam when i unconsciously grew so anxious in such little time that my heartbeat started to hurt me. the last line is a breathing technique a friend of mine taught me only minutes before the actual exam.