The Anxiety of Adulting

How can I possibly explain?
My chest closing in tight
The banal symptom of anxiety
At the thought of a challenge
To take up an issue with another
Have that kind of conversation
The things that adults do all the time
This is when I’d give my car keys back
Return to the classroom as student
Instead of now as a mother to redress
Rather smell the fading lilacs at winter’s caress
Walk a mile away or talk to a wall
Than face any kind of conflict today
Because I don’t think that I was built that way
Never learned the tools to tactfully address
Something that I feel isn’t right
So as my stomach churns and complains
I need to prepare my mind
Banish my tears at ALL cost
Just to hold a conversation that could be unpleasant
Does anyone else struggle with this?

Debbie Gravett © 2022.05.30

FOWC: Banal
RDP: Lilac

Image by wal_172619 from Pixabay

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