Yes, I Did Get Dressed in the Dark This Morning, Thank This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


Shrillalarm beeps absent this morning,
But I replace them with panicking gasps as Iregister the minute hand.
The shower beckons,
Not today.
I must denymyself and live with greasy hair.
Makeup?
Sorry.
Yesterday's eyelinerwill have to do.
Seconds tick away like water through a colander,
I blindlygrope in the hamper:
Jeans too loose from yesterday's wear,
Shirt, stainedand wrinkled, smells like carpet fuzz.
I enter the sock lottery,
Andrandomly grab two from the bottom drawer.
No surprise:
They don'tmatch.
Drip, drip, drip, the seconds go by,
And breakfast becomes a miragein the Sahara.
Unless I crave instant pudding with spaghetti sauce,
I'mgoing hungry today.
The horn honks,
Like my mother calling me by my fullname.
As I rush into the cold,
My fate is sealed by the door slam.
I'mlate.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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