pressure and pressure,
stressing and straining
nervy and nervous
tension and tensing.
I sense you, I feel you constricting constraining,
are you stressed? they ask, or maybe it’s stress, they say, I say,
in the shoulders neck forehead and jaw.
who tells me to be bigger
who keeps me tense and small
I see you, I accept you and the language you’re speaking
its really youandI intertwined, stressandI welivetogether.
I am not ‘stressed.’
I experience stress.
I see you hear feel sense you, stress.
I can’t get rid of you
but it’s okay, if you are here
because I know that I’m here, too.