Tala Elissa: Psychomotor

Alan Magee, “Drone”, 2011. Source: artsy.net

Psychomotor agitation is unintentional motions of restlessness that attack the body to release mental distress. Examples include rapid talking, moving objects around for no reason, taking off clothes then putting them back on, and pacing back and forth in a room. 


I p  a  c  e. Like sticky bee limbs delivering honeyed pollen to sterile flower rims that vow to populate the world with dandelions and olives. 

Anxiety is instinctive. 

I p  a     c        e. Like Israeli drones behind Gazan windowsills coloring the glazing, afraid of children’s unwaxed eardrums and motherly intuition. 

Anxiety is colonial. 

I pace like an unpunctual one-legged worker marching to his job, competing against a time for which he was born too late. 

Anxiety is capitalistic.


Teach me how to pace

Like a fluttering dandelion. 

Like a cotton bud seducing arching helixes and sideburns. 

Like a flaneur born despite time.