All night my alarm waited, spiked
with excitement, looking forward
to buzzing me awake when I wanted
to stay asleep, buried under a pillow.
It had a job to do, and it was proud
of its occupation. Within, its electronic
nerves summoned up noise that exploded
out of its brain. Nothing elsewhere
had the same importance: preventing
loss of work for being late, making sure
I made it to the wedding on time, dressed
in a tuxedo with everything zipped, tied.
Years ago, it decided that it was bored,
sought out a new livelihood, to find
something that kept its love of sound.
But being an air raid siren would tire
it out too much, and becoming a whistle
felt like diminishing its existence,
to be stuck to a referee’s neck, or
occupy a child’s momentary interest.
No, it was better here on the front lines
of slumber and wakefulness, between
the task and the desire to be unconscious.
Even when I punched snooze, both
of us knew what would happen, again.
Its mouth soon blaring out, shaking me
awake, as the sun popped into the sky,
wanting only me to occupy the ground.