A certain level of fatigue
has become required
Express your freshness
and willingness to get going on something
and you will be made to feel small.
There will be disbelief
followed by knowing chuckles
and head nods, murmurs of
“newbie, naive, that’ll change,” perhaps
a grudging offer from someone
to take you under their cynical wing.
Don’t do it. Don’t fall in.
Run screaming from them and don’t lose
a minute of sleep over it.
You’re wide awake and you still believe
in daylight and morning. Hold on to that.
As far as can be told, there are no plans
for that to ever end while we’re alive.
You’re awake. Stay awake. You’re refreshed.
Stay refreshed. Dark things are afoot, it’s true,
but you shine, and you reflect so much else that shines
that there’s a chance, a real chance,
that some part of what we need dwells with you.