Getting Up

girl getting up in the morningHear distant bell
go back to sleep
on the surface
not too deep
Fight all thoughts
give a deep groan
Carpe diem?
Painful moan
Peel open eyelids
unfold toes
stretch stiff neck
scratch itchy nose
Extend arms
over your head
useless effort
curl up instead
Look at the time
it’s getting late
deep breath in
sit up straight
Sway side to side
hold on tight
grab onto willpower
with all your might
Make a huge effort
just one more
throw yourself out
hit that floor!

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