EmbarrassedDark as the starless midnight skyHead tilted southHands fan-spread shielding faceGrazing, age-old elephantNot bellowing cheers of confidenceInstead, lifelessly planted in cemented thought.
DefeatedDark grey, a cloud ready to stormNot sitting on the edge of his seat answering the next questionslouched down, his tail between his legsInstead wishing he was someone else, some place else.
"Stuck"Sitting at a deskBent over paperOne hand clutching a pencilThe other scratching scattered hairLooking like a jack russell terrierHead buried in a rabbit holeHind legs scratching to get outOr maybe to get deeper inA quivering ball of black and white energyDirectionless, yet never stationary.
"Anxious"Sweating while the movement of her feet was lightGreen as sicknessLooking around breathing heavilyLike a cat backed into a cornerNot standing tall, talking loud, not seenInstead tucked away like a Good Dress in a attic.
HappySmiling with hands raised up.Her hair was shaking and bouncing all over the place.Swimming and clapping like a dolphin in the ocean.Red like a bouquet of red roses.She wasn't crying with her head down.Instead she was standing tall feeling proud of herself.
BubblyWashed away in happinessWiggling fingers, dancing, pattering toesFluttering about, a seagull in search of preyVibrant blue oceanNot submersed in despairedBubbly.
Fed upStanding, a warrior in plain sightUnable to retreat the final fightAbuse then torture tightening in the ruffTomorrow this world or the next, today she's had enough.
CarefreeYellow like the sun, beaming on the cool river. Smiling as people cheered, leaning forward, not shy and timid. Like a monkey swinging from tree to tree making giggling sounds. Strutting with his hands curled back.
Y-not?He would not quit.Blurry eyed and sluggish he ambles in.A limp blue towel is thrust his wayLike a big brown bear he lumbars past the humming machineShiny spandex, bouncing ponytails, tight thighsThe foggy grey of sleepiness clearsanother chance to regain his old self.