Eyes open halfway to the morning light
Squinting, I turn over
Hearing high pitched familiar voices from the other room
My children needing me as always
But today I want extended sleep
To close my heavy lids and
Instead, I rise slowly
Following my children bounding down the stairs
My lead feet lead to the kitchen to retrieve my black screen, sleeping phone
I wake it gently, scrolling past images of last night
But then my world crashes with the look of one icon
A simple text, reveals something deeper.
Sister’s voice trembling, stuttering to get the words out…
Shutter the thought.
Where did you go?
And now I wish I had stayed in bed forever.