“youre always on your computer” well ur always on my nerves
people say they are worried about their daughter getting pregnant
but never say they are worried about their son getting someone pregnant
says a lot
11 p.m. is for single mothers
who cradle a glass of wine with their fingers
and wait for the sound of a child crying
that they hope will not come—
it always does.
12 a.m. is for high school students
to do homework they didn’t have time to do
after lacrosse practice and dance rehearsal—
they yearn to rest their tired eyes, but cannot.
1 a.m. is for sneaking into your bedroom
on a school night at 17, knowing how
tired you will be in the morning,
convincing yourself it was worth it.
2 a.m. is for star-crossed lovers
rolling in sheets smelling of alcohol and
dreams that ironically lull them to sleep.
3 a.m. is for hopeless romantics
wishing under late-night skies for someone
to talk to about how exhausted they feel
running off three hours of sleep every night.
And all of those people think they have
got it bad, but when 4 a.m. rolls around
the corner, the past sinks into your veins—
4 a.m. is too late for anyone to save you,
for when 4 a.m. tells you, “You can’t
do this anymore,” you believe it.