Grouchy Mornings

Loud noises annoy me,

the sound of a perky voice,

alert, awake

far before I am,

chirping in my ear like a bird


reminding me

to wake up

to be chipper too

to be fake-happy and

fall in line

like everyone else

to be nice

for nice’s sake.


After all, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings,

do we?