Have you ever heard of Rapid Cycling? Well, Stephanie Bennett-Henry explains, poetically.
Everything is calm outside the window.
The noise you hear is the rapid cycling
of my heart getting a head start
on my mind before my mind
crosses the finish line first
and takes it all before anything else
has a chance to say… slow down…
wait for me…. no.
My mind doesn’t care
if you catch up or not.
It doesn’t care if you catch on
or catch fire.
It’s just how it is.
There’s not a button anywhere
for me to take control
of this madness
that sometimes feels like
a carnival with roller coasters
or a freak show circus of clowns
who won’t stop smiling
that creepy fucking smile.
It’s never going to be pretty.
My heart says it’s always beautiful
but my mind…
my mind has a thousand ways
to turn it into the ugliest thing
you’ve ever seen.
Don’t try me.
Don’t test the waters…
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