“Just One” by Norah Pond

by Norah Pond ’26

just one word
can bring back waves of stress,
that had been pushed down
and tucked away for the best

just one sentence
can jumpstart a downward fall
and i’m too embarrassed to
make a needed desperate call

just one look
can plant a seed of doubt
that is endlessly nurtured
and grows into a sprout

just one mistake
can make my hands start to sweat,
my heart pounds loud,
im instantly filled with regret

just one act of comfort
cannot eliminate this part of me.
it makes me who i am,
it is my Anxiety.