There is a great circle
where reality is perception
yet no one person can hold true
that the napkin in their lap
is just an illusion
for the falling crumbs of your mind.

"You are not that important,"
you remind yourself.
You start to see patterns in the wallpaper,
and maybe Charlotte Perkins Gilman had it right:

"It's time we woke up."

And maybe I see myself for the first time,
long in the tooth,
trying to be better,
but always trying
and wondering
if that will be enough
for this morning
once night rolls around.



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