Poemetry by T.A. Barnhart


functional hysteria
is not really a thing.
a useless combination of words
if i tried,
i could fake into a thing:
sufficient panic
to induce
meaningful action.
among other things,
this ignores the ugly
gendered history of hysteria.
among other things,
this is stupid.
panic is panic
and leads to
things that are in no way
or healthy.
like i said:
playing with words
is easy.
being a functional human being,
not so much.

┬ęTA Barnhart February 12, 2024