Subbing at Seventy

I subbed again today
I was the art teacher in a kindergarten class
The kids were out of control, but I loved them anyway
Their inability to stay in their seats
Their inability to listen
Their continuous questions
And me watching the clock
Wondering if my energy would hold out
Their loud voices
They ran around the room
They hid under the tables
They hit each other
They cried
They threw paper in the air
They asked over and over about my tattoo
At one point
I felt as if I was outside of myself
As if looking down on
This wild wonderful energy
This chaos
Thinking, this is life
This right here is living
They are so young
So very very young
So precious and young
And I am so very old

Eliza Mimski’s work has appeared in Entropy, Poets Reading The News, as well as other publications. She was a finalist in the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference contest, in adult fiction. That year, she was also a finalist in the UK’s Fortnight Poetry Prize.

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