my anger: hot, all encompassing,
quick to flare, quicker to fade.
short-lived, hostile, unfair,

your frustration: slow-burning,
hard to stir, long-lasting,
painful. silence, thin lips,
requests to be left alone.

my worry: obsessive. terror,
loss, anxiety, loneliness,
apologies, whispers in my head
that this will be the end
and all because of me.

your irritation: brusque, judgmental,
rightful. blowing me off, ignoring the facts,
forgetting your part, lasting all night.