I bite my tongue for you.
My mind boils, a pot of steaming thoughts
bubbling over.
I turn it down to a simmer,
clean the floor with a dirty mop,
light a candle to erase the smell.

I stifle the burning in my brain,
hit it hard with a fire hose
when it gets out of hand.
I smother my hammering heart,
pin it down, cuff it to
the hollow walls of my ribcage
and muffle the rattling with a laugh.

I hold in wildfire for you.