Imminent departure

Once plans light the fuse
nerves sizzle, anxiety
flares. Can’t stand the wait.

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Travel itinerary

I draft spreadsheets, each
detail a talismanic
ward of protection.

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Long distance

She’s moving back, two
thousand-mile-wide break in their
nine months together.

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Rush hour snowstorm

Four-wheel ballet, cars
spin swirl glide across four lanes
trying to get home

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Agoraphobia

Inside ease comfort
outside unpredictable
so hard that first step.

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Over the holidays

Ate bad stuff. Gained weight.
Hate myself. Still, I think, There’s
always tomorrow…

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Poor business decision

I quit my job to
work on my haiku blog. Chance
of millions, slim / none.

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Sugar

One bite then the mad-
ness begins. Binge-stuffing my
face. Swallowing whole.

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Laid off friend

Drops by at four, raids
the fridge, toasts unhappy hour
to his firing squad.

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On cutting off long hair

Strands layered, length chopped,
I change, shed years, fears, regrets.
Why’d I wait so long?