Thursday, January 04, 2018

no excuses

the quadruple-layered
   school crossing guard
   huddling against the wind;
the car wash attendants
   transferring winter’s grime
   from our cars to their bodies;
the ice-encrusted firefighter
   trying to catch her breath
   before entering the building;
the school bus starters
   and warmer-uppers out
   before dawn crawls out of bed;
God, protect those
who are already at work
while we rack our brains
for excuses to stay home.
© 2018 Thom M. Shuman

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