Morning Rush

0700: Alarm shrieks. Bleary eyes as I stumble out of bed.

0705: Jump in the shower. Can’t relax. Got to rush.

0715: Shovel cereal. Pour a hot drink. It scalds my throat.

0720: On the road. Have I beaten the traffic? No luck.

0730… 0740… 0750… crawling slowly. Horns screech. Engines rumble.

0800: Barely halfway. Feeling stressed – call the boss.

0820: The slow-moving ribbon of cars snakes its way into the city. My favourite song plays on the radio. Wait…

I open my eyes. It’s 7am. Fuck. Turn off the alarm and stumble out of bed. Time to get ready.


Alanah Andrews

Victoria, Australia

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