I haven’t written a poem in years…in fact I wasn’t even sure I remembered how!
But recently I’d been thinking about how it’d be sweet to set just a little time aside and see what I could come up with…I just wasn’t sure I’d make time to do so.
I’ve been substitute teaching a lot these days and although I love it (MOST DAYS)… there are some that seem as though they’re going to refuse to end!!
And yesterday was one of those days…
I subbed, I came home exhausted, and when I JUST wanted to sleep in the early morning hours of the night—I lay awake…with rhyming words bouncing in my head…(oh and someone’s dog barking wildly).
Seriously?…I thought to myself…
I considered grabbing my phone and taking notes at 3 A.M. because that’s what I’ve done in the past when words have come to me…but not this time!
I forced my mind to shut down and somehow I fell asleep…at last…
…And a few hours later I woke up to a combination of alarm clock noise and rhyming words and phrases streaming through my head..
Kids loud, too proud…
Time better tick, it better move quick.
Hmm…I could go somewhere with this I began to think.
So before my own crew woke I started writing a poem. As I finished the last few lines I considered how this poem came about in such an unexpected way…
My kiddos trickled into my bedroom with sleepy eyes and blankets draped around their shoulders.
I read my narrative poetry aloud and with a grin on their faces they each snickered and approved.
So without further delay here it is:
The other day I substitute taught,
it was a harder task than I ever thought.
Ask them to quiet,
it seems they want to start a riot.
Give ’em a test,
some just guess—
Others do their best.
Well I’m feeling quite stressed.
Ask them to please not talk,
some just gawk.
Well I’d love a self cool-down and perhaps a short walk.
Please just sit,
don’t throw a fit.
All I need…
…is for you to read.
Well I begin to doubt,
at this point I’d even take a time-out!
Some kids pout,
most just shout—
Still a few know just what to do!
Watch the clock,
shouldn’t we be almost through?
Some just crazy,
others lazy— Me?
My mind seems somewhat hazy.
Time better tick,
it better move quick,
or I’ll be sick!
My patience has grown faint,
their teacher must be a saint!
At last the time has passed,
better pack up fast.
One-by-one head out the door,
I don’t want this headache anymore!!
~Alicia M. Witt
So yesterday, not only did my confidence feel depleted, but my teaching ability felt like failure also.
Today is a new day however, and with the words completed for this poem God has given me a sense of accomplishment and achievement.
Will I sub another day? You bet!
Will I have more rough teaching days? Absolutely!…after all I’m a homeschool mama too! So if not there, then here…
But I’ll think of the words to that poem and remind myself that good things will come about even when least expected. It wasn’t really in my current plans to come up with a poem, but God planned it out that way and I followed through.
What about you? Is there something you’re not making time for; something that maybe God is whispering, “don’t overlook this opportunity! write, learn, build, create, teach!”
Whatever it might be…be encouraged to do the things God is calling you to do!! Seek Him for guidance, He’ll see you through!
Philippians 4:13 says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.