Poetry

For The People Who Ask Me If I’m Tired (By Justin Lamb)

You present your question as some sort of benign inquiry,

like you’re collecting data for the sleep census

as if there weren’t two possible results:

A. I am tired, and now I’m aware that I look like shit.

or B. I’m not tired, and now I’m aware that I look like shit.

The only way your query would be useful is if it were the preface to a longer, more solution-oriented statement like:

“Hey, are you tired? Because I just set up a hammock in your office.”

Or, “Hey, are you tired? Of Homophobia? Me too. Let’s start a rally.”

But no, you never wanna start a rally.

You just wanna talk about the bags under my eyes,

how I look like Meeko…The raccoon from Pocahontas,

and he’s not even a recognizable Disney character,

asshole.

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