You’ll go through each motion, one by one,
As dark night gives way to blacker day.
You begin with “I’ll live,” as you’ve always done.
Pull the cord, raise the blinds, turn away from the sun.
Step into the shower. Coat the pain in wet spray.
You must go through each motion, one by one.
Clothing. Face. Don’t cry or mascara will run.
Room’s a damn mess. Make the bed anyway.
Mutter “I’ll live. I’ve always done.”
Don’t break the routine or the black dog might run
Up your back, clamp his teeth, rip the mask clean away.
So just go through each motion, one by one.
It’s not like you’re out buying pills or a gun.
Safety comes from not wanting to cause a display.
Keep on with “I’ll live.” As you’ve always done.
You’ve been here before, seen how the thing’s done,
Studied the lines, know the acts of the play:
You’ll go through each motion, one by one
And repeat, “I’ll live.” As you’ve always done.