If you’ve been gassed, by Spangle McQueen

I am not a silent poet

This will not be brutal
but
if you’ve been gassed
you may experience
burning
in your eyes, nose, mouth
and skin.
You may experience
blurring
of your vision.

This will not be brutal
but
if you’ve been gassed
you may experience
breathing
difficulties and
coughing.
You may experience
raging feelings
from pepper spray
exposure.

Intense anger is a common response.

This will not be brutal
but
if you’ve been gassed
you may experience
confusion, disorientation
and panic.
But do not panic.
The effects of tear gas and pepper spray
are temporary,
not life-threatening
unless you’re vulnerable –
a child
or elderly
or immunocompromised.
If you’re pregnant
you may be at risk of spontaneous abortion.
If you’re a nursing mother
you may be at risk of passing toxins
onto your infant.
Contact lenses may fuse to eyes
And cause blindness.

But this will not be brutal.

You may wish to avoid…

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