A moment's pause, a hitch of breath.
A thud down through the pit of your stomach
Suddenly aware of your tongue, your lips, the moisture in your mouth, the tension of muscles as you slowly swallow for no reason.
Of contentment, of relief: a burden lifting.
No distraction, no gimmicks, just, being.
That gradual, familiar warmth of just, knowing.
See yourself in their reflection, recognise your best mirrored back through increasingly familiar eyes,
Quiet, giddy excitement punctuating the unspoken
The elephant in the room.
Inspired by this from Nick Helm.