You are not a machine with broken parts,

but a human with unmet needs.

[This post is available in audio form at this link.]

The landline rings at four in the morning,

and behind the surprise

how odd it is to pray that it will be an annoyance –

a scam call from another timezone?

your heart dropping when you recognise the voice.

A call at four in the morning is never good news.

But there’s nothing to be done;

and I am wide awake again.

Let’s read more of these cases and be better prepared for class in

two four hours from now.

Since there’s a morning class that you should also pay attention to.

(look at me

listen to me

can you see that)

someone is dying.

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