“Autopilot” Poem by A. Monahan

Artwork by Alyssa Monahan

Alyssa Monahan is a creative writer who has a passion for flash fiction, short stories and poetry. In her spare time she prefers to play and make music, go on nature walks, watching her favorite shows on Hulu, and spending quality time with her partner and their three lovely cats.


fading in and out.
Say hi and wave.
Smile, don’t pout.
Don’t let them
think bad, or
that you’re mad.
Nevermind – hush
those thoughts.
Keep them quiet.
No one knows
I’m on autopilot.

Sweaty palms
catch me
off guard
but trying to
keep clarity
is really hard.
I try to focus on
my breathing,
but before I know
it – I start heaving.
Keep it cool.
Don’t start a riot.
No one knows
I’m on autopilot.

All I can do is
ride out the storm,
glide through as
the winds form.
Ripping through
my core, every
part of me is sore.
This is a
harsh climate
and nobody
is invited.
Yet no one knows
that I’m on autopilot.

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