Stopping for a Breath on a Snowy Evening: An Academic’s Meditation

papersSometimes,  my friends, I just need a break. A few years ago, this was the result, and I decided it was time to stop a moment and share. My papers on on the computer rather than file folders, but the sentiment is the same. Sorry about the weird line spacing. I can’t seem to fix it–and I have to go grade papers!

by Alane Starko

With profound apologies to Robert Frost

What time this is I think I know

The wintery landscape filled with snow
Fills other hearts with Christmas cheer
But mine end-of-semester low.

I must admit I think it strange
To hear the still amazing range
Of tales of papers lost and late
Of grades that I must haste to change

My back is stiff, my head I shake

And hope for brilliance, not mistake
So I may move toward Christmas tasks
To wrap and light and clean and bake.

My house holds clutter dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
And piles to grade before I sleep
And piles to grade before I sleep.

 

Happy end of term, to all my paper-buried friends!

 

One thought on “Stopping for a Breath on a Snowy Evening: An Academic’s Meditation

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