Read this out loud for intended effect

For looking at mobile phone screens in elevators
For biting nails
For questioning your opinions but never others
For drinking past your limit
For not knowing what to say
For not crying
For laughing at mean jokes
For hesitating to stand up for a stranger
For fearing silence
For getting the haircut you hate so he would notice you
For the girl you never said hello to
For thinking “thank you, i’m sorry” but not saying it


Past presently here with the ticking of tiny metal parts. Turn around to face forward, diving…headfirst disaster. You grab tightly holding on to the very last. Whizzing past frantic motion, sweat beads rolling across skin surface.

“Say it”,  you shudder. Eyes wide, mouth gap. Close. Clasp shut; slither. “You taste forever”.