The alarm, though chosen to motivate, crushes the joy.
Laying as such, zoning toward bliss, before the panic.
The groan, rising again, confined in its cage.
From flat to vertical, sitting up, feet planted.
Start the day, steel the soul, must get up.
Ahead the task, lying in wait, calling your purpose.
Forward, to care for itself, propel the body.
Keys, wallet, phone…
A whirlwind, toward the door, circular checklist.
Grab the travel mug.
Bleary eyes, out of focus, then back in.
The task ahead.
Within the car, temp gauge blue, cold engine.
Obedient vehicle, succumbing to powers, of a partial human.
On the road.
Prepaid phone, mounting the vent, morning news.
Switch to audio book.
Eyes, snapping awake, avoid the crash.
Sacrifices, to maintain awake, not working.
Turn down the heat.
Cold outside, AC on, Deep rapid breaths.
Book turning off, switching to dub step, head nods.
Map app, ETA shrinking, fear growing.
Shoving it down, to avoid what’s to come, the show must go on.
Brian Relay is a digital artist with ten years of random work experience that loosely relates to his field of study. He lives in New Hampshire with his Batman figurines and his collection of half-resolved issues. Together with his un-imaginary friend, they’ve successfully completed their very first comic book. Also, he recently picked up his novel-in-progress (NIP) that was collecting digi-dust for an embarrassing amount of time. He’ll let you know when it’s done.