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numb'ness n. see also: weakness, nausea, confusing pain; 1. The way I can't feel anything on my left side, my right side, my fingertips, feet / this is what happens when I overreach / and I'm so focused on the deadlines I have to make, that I can't stop to breathe. / The way it climbs like a stocking you pull on slowly and, / before you know it, it's reached my hip my / shoulder or the top of my head and I can't find a way to get comfortable again. Or the way it's not the nerves I feel today. How suddenly I'm seeing two or more of you and / none of you are smiling. 2. The way my emotions freeze solid, staring at images of my decline / my brain silently hurting all these months, spots everywhere in it now like the world's most vicious freckles. / my body secretly building up to fail, clumsier and weaker than I was before / my mind's defense mechanism against complete breakdown: against tears that maybe don't stop.