Do you have any plans for retirement?
Yes – everything
No – nothing
I don’t know. I’m waiting
to find out what my body tells me,
listen for my natural rhythm,
try not to plan, for once.
What will you do with all that time?
I know what I won’t be doing –
I won’t be grading papers every weekend
Planning lessons for Julius Caesar
Bringing home Taco Bell for dinner
Rushing through lunch
Rushing to the bathroom before the bell.
I’ll write more
Try to find that woodpecker I hear knocking
Scratch my dog’s belly
Hold my mother’s hand
Be patient while listening to my dad’s complaints
Sit by the creek in silence, see who visits
Hold still long enough for my husband
to put his arms around me.
Revel in the patterns
the sunlight makes on leaves.