All Stopped Up

Today, it seems,
my whole being has been
overtaken
by a heaviness
an unbearable pressure.

My face feels
puffy
bloated
but the mirror shows
no trace of such
discomfort.

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Delayed Reaction

I awoke today
and the fear was as
fresh
as the night it happened.
The fingerprint sized
bruises
marking the tender
undersides of my arms
have bloomed
and faded.
The hard painful
knot
under my chin
still hurts
but is softening and
beginning
to itch
like an old bee sting.

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