Shaky Hands and Sweaty Palms

Oftentimes, the very things that hinder us can also inspire us. My biggest hindrance in life happens to be anxiety. I struggle with it quite often, but as a firm believer in optimism, I also use it to fuel my creativity. I write about it, and when I do that, I feel better! To celebrate this phenomenon, I’ve written a poem all about anxiety, writing, and the relief it can offer.


Shaky Hands and Sweaty Palms
By Katie Gilstrap

My shaky hands and sweaty palms
are nuisances, but also balms
that soothe the jitters felt within
when wrapped around my ballpoint pen.