Exhaustion Can

Exhaustion can creep up on you

When you stand by your window late at night

Staring into the black softness of the sky

When the light pollution from these city streets

Punched black eyes on stars,

Reflecting you and exhaustion can creep up on you

And muzzle, nuzzle you.

Being exhausted to the point of grayness

Washed out like old laundry

Rat tail and hung outside

Where wind make no sound

Compared with traffic.

A car screech.

Exhaustion is deaf, or it makes you deaf-

Becoming a physical thing

I dreamed it would be this-

Awake-

Wide awake-

I’m tired- so tired

I can barely keep my eyes open,

Wary for the exhaustion,

But still it comes

Creeping low on its belly.

grupp1@stolaf.edu

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