So after your tenth straight day
coughing and burning and
you realize you forgot how to sleep
That’s when it hits you
all at once. That’s when you realize
you’re hardly fit to be tied
Not worth the trouble to be troubled,
the commitment to be committed.
You are useless.
A wretch on the street
like a whale in a desert,
like a terrified monkey flailing
in an infinite sea
Except you’re too tired
to be terrified. You can’t even swim.
All the more useless.