Jaw (Repost 2022)

When my jaw revolted,

it held my mouth open

and I swallowed down shower water.

The yawn caught in my throat

and tangled around the cry

for help.

I danced with seconds and anxiety, 

and my muscles held my jaw tight

like a small child at the doctor’s office.

Ran my hand over the edge of my jaw-

over and over in a hypnotic rhythm,

until I coaxed it to let go.


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