nerves sparking along one
restlessly tapping leg.
heart thrumming, humming,
beating on my tongue.
adrenaline and helplessness
in shaking fingertips.

i love the way you laugh
but it's ringing hollow now
in ears tuned only to my
heartbeat-beat-beat.
i can only say "i'm sorry" and wish
my exams didn't mean so much to me.