By Juraj Varga from Pixabay

By Juraj Varga from Pixabay

While driving to and from an appointment recently, I observed the barren school properties, void of the vibrant children who are the reason for their existence. As I thought about the situation, the following prose-poem came to mind.


By Huckleberry from Pixabay

By Huckleberry from Pixabay

School yard empty

classrooms vacant

halls silenced

swings still

slides bare


By Alberta Adan from Pixabay

By Alberta Adan from Pixabay

No chuckles or shrieks of joy

no bouncing balls or running feet


By April Lamb-Hunter from Pixabay

By April Lamb-Hunter from Pixabay

No negotiations of how to play

no climbing on the jungle gym

no swaying on the monkey bars


By Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

By Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Listen for the sounds of children at school.

the intense curiosity

the inquisitive minds


By Jowanna Daley from Pixabay

By Jowanna Daley from Pixabay

Listen for their voices.

Can you hear them?

Do you miss them?


By Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

By Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay


By Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

By Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Perhaps they will return soon,

to cheer and delight our hearts!

What are you experiencing as a parent or educator during these challenging times?

A slight variation of this post was first published by the author in Illumination on the Medium platform.

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