You’re wondering if I’m nervous:
OK then, yes, I am nervous,
like dogs before their trip to the vet,
excited at first.
Then they realize what’s going on.

Am I nervous?
Like during a bad storm,
I am nervous.
The thunder and the wind
and somewhat the lightning.
It depends on the lightning.

If I’m nervous,
it must be the nervousness of getting poked
over and over again,
of waiting
for the constant blood draws.
My veins are so small.

My nerves pass
once the storm passes,
and the rain stops.
It’s all better.

by Halle, 5th Grade

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