Reluctant to face the day,
Despite sleep’s capricious solace,
She crawls hesitantly from musty blankets,
Dreading hours of tedium.
Steeling herself for inevitable onslaught:
Juvenile bickering, back-biting,
Crude jokes, tasteless, humorless sarcasm.
Brilliant sunshine draws her focus:
Bestows shadow of gratitude.
Graceful winged creature,
Anonymous in solitary beauty,
Flaps its wings,
Flaps once more.