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The pressure grows,

and my mind implodes.

Like tick,

tick 

tick 

boom. 

 

Where it goes,

lord only knows. 

I’ve got to 

get out 

of this 

room.

 

My stare stays glued on the clock—

it’s eight past nine,

and I’m stuck in the same spot,

between four walls 

that I can’t seem to climb.

 

The seconds hand 

marches ‘round the clock.

Like one, 

two,

three,

four,

five. 

 

I need to escape.

I need to survive. 

 

In my head, I make a break

for the door.

I could run 

in four,

three,

two,

one. 

 

But freedom never seems to come that quick. 

I wait anxiously while the clock 

goes tick-

tock.

Tick-

tock. 

 

The beat never stops. 

 

Sirens wail from phantom cops,

while I sit jailed inside this box,

bound forever by phantom locks. 

 

My pen rapidly taps the desk,

sounding like echoes of a dead horse’s hooves

running through the Wild West.

 

At least he was free. 

 

My body’s anxious, 

and I’ve got no patience left. 

I can’t sit in silence 

while the clock commits 

theft after theft after theft 

with impunity. 

 

These feelings—

they’re nothing new to me. 

 

The classroom door flies open,

and there stands a man in black. 

But, the clock marches on, dutifully. 

Like tick,

tick

tick

gun. 

 

The clock now screams,

Tick

Tick

Run. 

 

The lights go out, as if someone’s planned it. 

But the clock continues,

like tick,

tick

panic. 

 

The man doesn’t just own the dark,

he commands it. 

He seals the exit,

and suddenly the light 

at the end of his barrel

is the only way out.

 

Though, I suppose,

that was always the only way out.

 

I see the man’s face 

behind the muzzle-flash. 

The face is mine, 

and all-of-a-sudden, 

I’m holding the gun.

But, the class bell will 

wake me 

in four,

three,

two,

one.

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