The jolt of the alarm-
Actual alarm, not just annoyance
To be awakened from sleeping, tired
Not restful sleep: exhausted by life and lifestyle…

And though your love has shaken your arm
While you napped in your favorite chair
And your parents have woken you up
With a call from downstairs
This one is like a dull ache or
Walking across a rattling steam grate;
You knew you had to get up…

But it shocks you out of what comfort you have
And asks you to respond with reflex test skills
Before you have the chance to slip away
And sleep forever.