Stand And Wait

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If anybody’s listening
Then hear my sacred vow.
I’ll never take for granted
The things I’m missing now.

I won’t see bread and think
“That will fatten up my tummy.”
Instead I will be thankful
For nourishment that’s yummy.

Oh how I miss the simple days
Of just sitting on the bleachers,
Clapping and cheering for my son.
Now I’m his Health and P.E. teacher.

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How I used to dread the small talk,
The chat that stole time from my day.
Now I see the same three faces
And wonder when I got so gray.

I won’t get angry about traffic
Because now I even miss my car.
My commute is to my basement.
The world outside? It seems so far.

I am whiny. I am petty.
I need to have a better attitude.
I’m safe and sound and healthy.
I should just be filled with gratitude.

But the truth is that I’m human
And it’s a very human thing to do
To feel trapped and scared and wonder
When will all of this be through?

I don’t know the answer.
I think we’re only at the start
And if I feel a little cooped up
I guess that means I’ve done my part.

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Because one day this will be over
Though the sacrifice seems great,
As Milton said, “They also serve
Who only stand and wait.”

Jennifer Kleinknecht has been the media specialist at H.B. Whitehorne Middle School since 2007. She writes about life as a school librarian on her blog, “The ‘Yes’ Librarian”.  (Photo by Kristina Tripkovic on Unsplash)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. CNN says people are putting up Christmas lights to bring up spirits. Great idea for all, especially kids, something FUN to enjoy and put smiles on faces
    Show solidarity in these uncertain times
    We are all in this together.

  2. I love the idea of Christmas lights! Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this! Thank you to all of the heroes doing so much more than standing and waiting.

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