one night

the agony of doing your readings

A girl sits on top of oversized textbooks Artwork by Shrawani Bhattarai

head heavy, book heavier
          mind and soul
superimposed on
the concrete seat.
moan with injury
as foolish thinking
plants a seed of
determination to
devour knowledge in one night.
one book, one chapter.
a soft exhale, momentarily
lifting a page
of the textbook
a slight uplift, a light inhale.
one page, one paragraph,
one yawn
to signal

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