April 9, 2020 (huis clos)

By Adi McNally

inert gases such as

helium

can replace oxygen and

prevent the body’s natural

panic response.

 

you still panicked.

 

“it’s so warm.”

“it’s so warm.”

voice    weak     desperate

to die yet afraid of

the warmth.

 

the balloon filled up, lifted

plastic off your head

voice out of your mouth

head from your body.

 

nous essayions pour vous.

 

nous travaillions pour vous.

 

we wanted to spray paint

the walls

then fill our lungs with

desperation

en lieu de l’air.


Author:

Adi McNally (they/them, he/him), originally from Santa Cruz, California, is currently attending Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. There, he will soon get his bachelor’s degree with a major in English writing with too many minors to list in a short bio. Their poetry has been published in Script and The Fruit Tree and is also available on Instagram @peas.and.poetry.


This piece is a part of DISTANCED 2.0.

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