chrysanthemums and other forgotten creatures

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i am so tired

as the faucet runs

drenching my hands with

cold water

making them clean, clean

i am so tired

as i look in the mirror

at the sleep deprived girl

wasting away in the middle of the night

with her thoughts making

her bones break

under their weight

i am so tired

as the soap bubbles pour

onto my waiting hands

smelling of lavender and rose

as i scrub the life from my fingertips

i am so tired

as i study the notes

wondering why i cannot see

the light at the end of the tunnel

why i feel like

falling apart

i am so tired

as i lay in my bed

my arms stinging

and hands raw

finally i am clean, clean

i am so tired.

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