My blood surges
To its boiling point
I am about to snap
And the meanest animal
Is about to be released.

The animal's wrath will unfurl
It will hurt
And destroy life
Including mine
But I took a long deep breath.

I shouted at the top of my voice
In the dense forest
My screams were answered
By the birds
With their sweetest songs.

I yelled on the tunnel
The things that came out
Of my mouth were pieces of trash
The words that I swore
It came back to me
I am ashamed of myself.

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