You sneaked up on me.

You startled me.

You surprised me.

You left me speechless.


I tentatively opened my eyes.

I hesitantly got out of bed.

I slowly stretched my lethargic frame.

I grudgingly stood up to face you.


Why couldn’t you accord me a few more minutes?


To gather my thoughts,

To toughen my heart,

To brace my soul,

To take a deep breath.


You have zeroed in on me.

You unleash your weighty demands upon me.

You pour your obligations on my bewildered mind.

Can’t you simplify it for me, dear today!


You see, I am on the verge of burnout.