“Today opened inside me like an egg.”
Today cracked open and revealed the first day of summer (hmm…) for this wearied and thankful teacher. In the aftermath of a week of exams, final classes, and grading hibernation, I’m reflecting on the power of TODAY; it truly has “opened inside me like an egg.”
My inner alarm clock chimes
and calls me to rise
I can politely (or perhaps not so politely) say,
“no, thank you”
and roll over.
I can contemplate the warmth of my down blanket,
the churning blades of the ceiling fan,
the first breath of birds outside my window.
Today I can linger in thoughts,
romantic melodies of dreams,
and whisper back in gratitude.
Today I can recall
the expectant, excited faces of my students.
Sambo’s mischievous grin,
Gov’s brimming questions,
Douglas’s furrowed brow,
and the way Zoe’s arm
makes an interpretive dance in the air.
I can recall it all from afar,
giggle, sigh, give thanks,
For these next two months,
I will miss being “Ms. T.”