The sudden sting of liquid in the lung.
The bitten tongue.
The safety net that’s quietly unstrung.
The heartfelt letter languishing unread.
The night-sodden bed.
The water laced with chromium and lead.
The savings disappeared by downward tick.
The crack of thin nice [sic].
The grudge that burns and smolders to its wick.
The pavement crack that trips you wide awake.
The losing streak.
The all but silent hiss of the slow leak.