In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In a Crisis.”
I found a spacious box in the back of my brain
a thick film of dust was all it contained
the words “Don’t panic” were inscribed on the side
sensible advice which I couldn’t cast aside
the worries of a lifetime and all of the fears
that had kept my heart racing for so many years
still lay curled in the creases of my mind
so tricky to dispel, but easy to find.
I hunted out my fears, my troubles and my trials
then I placed them in the box in tidy piles
now every time a crisis knocks at my door
I calmly feed the box one panic more.
© Jane Paterson Basil