Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Unexpected Quietude

The hallway outside my classroom during the power outage today.

Lights out!
Eyes adjust to this
Anachronistic darkness
Fire drill? Lockdown?
“Suparna, the leprechaun
turned off all the lights in the school!”
Not the first time I’ve
taken a 6 year old’s theories seriously
I know it won’t be the last.
So I considered the mischief
Of this elusive elf emulator
And while I wandered my familiar
Comfortable steps in near pitch darkness
I found myself actually enjoying the quiet.
The children were at lunch,
The building’s lungs disconnected
From the whirring of machines
That keeps it on life support.
The sun streamed through every crack
It could find in this concrete abstraction.
My steps needed to be planned
And my plans needed to be sidestepped.
For sans computer and network,
I suddenly rejoiced in my found time

And quiet.

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