Anxiety, the mind’s everyday battle.
Something so powerful but yet so small.
Tucked away.
So evil.

We all get it at some point.
But some of us have it all the time.

A little monster living in our brain.
Ugly and small.
Turning our thoughts into fears.
Clawing at our precious brain with its blade like nails.

Such a disgusting little monster.
If only that monster decided to find a new home.
To let it’s victim be set free from its trap.
But no, the little monster wants to stay for good.

Continuing to induce irrational worries into our brains.
Feasting on what little positive thoughts we have left.
Sucking out our happiness bit by bit.
Not allowing us to live a normal happy life.

That wicked little monster.
So cruel.
Full of hatred.

Such a little grudge holder the little monster is.
Well two can play at that game—

Alexa Findlay is an Undergraduate Creative Writing Major. She spends most of her time writing fiction and poetry. Her work has been featured in the El Camino College Literary Arts Journal, See Beyond Magazine, and the Pomona Valley Review.

Bill Wolak has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Press. His collages have appeared recently in Naked in New Hope 2016 and The 2017 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.