I'm tired.

It's an exhaustion that permeates

my attempts to clear my mind,

wrings me out like an old washcloth,

leaves me feeling almost empty.

I'm falling asleep,

and every time I shut my eyes

I lose a little bit more of myself

to the cavernous feeling

of this unfailing exhaustion

that cannot be resolved with a long nap

or a revised sleeping schedule.

I'm tired,

but don't let me sleep.

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