I finish turning in my grades
and look up,
amazed to find the world still going on around me.
I haven’t put away laundry for weeks,
and the piles of clutter have taken over.
I’ve forgotten what the faces of my life look like,
but there they all are,
and seeking my attention.
I’ve been too busy evaluating to live,
too busy assessing to appreciate,
too busy wielding my multicolored pens (not all red)
to let color seep into my soul.
Today I will observe
with no rubric in hand,
I will listen
with no agenda,
I will read
and just because I want to.
Today I will rest
and ignore schedules
and eat when I please.
Today I won’t teach anyone anything,
except, possibly, myself.
I took this photo at Wynne Farm, Kenscoff, Haiti, last month.
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