#8 “Blazing off nervous tension, having a breakdown”-Ted Hughes, The Badlands

If you could see inside me you might glimpse the fire blazing

Smoke confined to the inside, carrying the flames off

To the four corners of my psyche, producing a nervous

But persistent quiver that breaks the tension

Of keeping the sadness at bay, of having

To hold it all in, suffocating my voice with a

Hard hand at my mind’s wheel, steering directly into the breakdown.

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