I’m cranky today.
I ate my breakfast,
but this mood won’t go away.
I’m just cranky today.
Maybe it’s because I didn’t sleep.
Maybe it’s because I grind my teeth
after I curl up between the sheets,
or because academic critiques
are getting so . . . repetitive.
Maybe I just lack perspective!
Maybe I don’t need to know
every “why” and “how” and “so.”
Maybe I should get some caffeine
to counteract the fact
that I’m running out of steam.
I think it just might wake me
from this particularly cranky
Monday morning madness.
Coffee might not be the oil of gladness,
but if it’s sufficient
to make me proficient
at these mundane Monday tasks,
then my crankiness will be evicted,
my spirits will be lifted,
and I’ll no longer write just to say,
“I hate to be a downer,
but I’m cranky today.”