Frustration is…

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Repeating one’s self so much so you feel

like your voice is a thread-bare rug everyone

walks upon.

Not being heard, raising your voice

so that you are heard, and then no one

listening to you because you are YELLING.

Doing your best and failing.

Guessing the Wordle at the beginning of your day,

having the word be gloom and that word forecasting

a pall over your Monday.

Being reminded of all the things you

have not done and feeling powerless to do them.

Having your phone ding unrelentingly,

on a day, you would rather not engage with people at all.

Trying to find calm in a haystack of irritation.

A pesky bunch of fungus gnats that have survived

all home remedies, soil replacements, and multiple

smashings.

One day that needs no repeating.

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