Autonomic Noire

Every day,

yet unexpectedly

a black bubble rises

and bursts in my chest.

Threads of darkness

dance through

the sinews and fibres

of my anatomy

slip through cell membranes

settle in interstitial spaces

swim the red tide to organ beaches

far away

cross the blood brain barrier

straddle hemispheres

and muddy the crystal clarity

of chambered C.S.F.

flash pain in nanoseconds

like neurotransmitters

axon to dendrite.

Alert and ready

for flight or fight,

skin drains of colour

peripheral circulation shuts down

airways open wider and wider

for the rush of panic breath

and the suddenness

of a scream.

[First published in Blue Giraffe]

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