Five seconds of quiet
Is all I need to regain my balance.
Two deep breaths:
Long enough to calm the nerves,
Short enough that I don’t lose all-important time.
Erasing the world from existence
If only for a moment within my imagination.
But the noise never stops here,
The breaths come hard and fast as the work’s pace,
And I cannot close my eyes to the ever-increasing workload.
Here, stress is the not-so-silent killer;
It announces its presence over a loudspeaker
And demands your constant attention until death do you part.