Comfort from a Stranger*

You wrap your arms around my trembling body,

My breathing begins to sync with yours.

You hold me for some time,

And I cannot speak to tell you how grateful I am.

So I hold onto you like I’m gripping onto life, and my breathing feels warm,

It has stopped attacking me.

I let you go, and you loosen your hold.

I gaze into your eyes, and I realise why I found comfort.

You had beautiful brown, sad eyes, that’s why my breathing was able to trust you.

Tears stream down my face,

I know my expression was that of a lost puppy.

So you watched my face looking for some sort of reassurance that I was okay,

Because I think you were panicking too,

You thought it was asthma.

How I wish it were.

That has a cure.

But this was a panic attack.

So those blissful moments pass, and I wipe my face.

I stare at you once more, because I want to remember you, I take it all for what it is.

I crack a smile, and tell you I’m fine, your concerned face replies and says to me that it does not believe me.

But I don’t need it to; I just need you to hear it so you know that you helped.

I walk away, and you follow and then let me disappear around the corner.

I hope I see you again.

About haringeyunchained

Haringey Unchained is a collective of students aiming to show case the creative talent of Haringey Sixth Form College in Tottenham, London. We think that through the promotion of our creative thoughts, we can educate our community, bringing to the foreground the critical and creative consciousness of a vibrant school in a deprived part of London. We are endeavouring to provide this blog as a platform for our community, giving the space to those whose work otherwise might not be seen or read. Being that the cuffs are off, we are able to express through our photography, art, short fiction and poetry, what’s really on our minds. We are free.

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