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We treat our bodies like t-shirts
sleep deprivation
is equivalent to a little wear and tear.
It's okay if I don't sleep now
I'll sleep when I'm dead.
Unlike a t-shirt
you only get one body
you cannot stay up
stay up
stay up
Circles around your eyes
mood tarnished by fatigue
and when you're done
trade in your run down corpse
for a new,
rested body.
Students sometimes
we gamble with fate.
Is this assignment really
worth my health?
Usually the answer is yes
because completion
equals high grade
and high grade equals
high average
and high average equals
high GPA
and GPA
equals good college,
bad college,
or no college.
They told me freshman year that
my grades mattered now.
I didn't listen.
What they didn't tell me
was every missed assignment,
every bombed test was a

nail in my coffin

a peace sign to my youth
a kiss blown
at my at my happiness.
Now it is junior year
and I am killing myself
to compensate for the damage done
to my disgusting transcript.
The lack of sleep
has found its way
up to my brain
and is corroding
the neurons
and and...
what was I saying?
I don't smile like I used to.
I am sixteen years old
and I cannot remember the
last time I slept before midnight.
Closing my eyes is an
admission of failure
it is me telling the fatigue
'you win.'
Students sometimes
we gamble with fate.
Is this assignment
this quiz
this test
this essay
this stupid SAT
worth my health?
Sometimes the answer is no.
Sometimes you read a book,
you watch a movie,
you go to sleep for once,
Not because you're weak,
Not because you're not cut out
for high school,
not because you're not ready for college.
Because you are tired.
You are tired
and you are
treating your body like a t shirt.
You wear it and wear it and wear it
into the ground
and you don't know when
the shift occurs..
but suddenly
the bags under your eyes
have become a permanent feature.
Fatigue becomes your only emotion.
You're tired.
But it's the type of tired that sleep
cannot cure.
do your homework.
do your best.
do what you need to do
but do not....
if you're going to let the classes kill you
make sure they know
what did it

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