What makes me tick?
The things that tick me off.
The loose hair that’s tickling the back of my arm
The last bit of toothpaste that won’t come out of the tube
The fact that the toast makes me jump every time it pops out of the toaster
The last few unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bag
The streak the windshield wiper leaves
The times you open up the freezer and there’s only one bit of ice cream left
The remaining marks the teacher forgets to erase on the board
The yellow starbursts
The unnecessary and outdated phys ed requirement
The start of school out of sync with teenage biorhythms
The tests that test test-taking ability, not intelligence
The intolerance, the judgment
The unbalanced salaries of men and women
The sex trade in underdeveloped countries
The lack of separation between church and state
The laws against same-sex marriage
The laws against abortion
The lack of laws against discrimination
The things that tick me off,
Are the things that make me tick.
They’re the things I want to change.