February 27th

I see the time
tick-ticking near.
Party time
will soon be here.

I smell chemicals
strong and clean,
some eyes burn
from the chlorine.

I hear kids,
“throw me the ball!”
Monkey in the Middle
free for all.

I feel teacher training
kicking in,
plus with parent support,
kids well behaved within.

I feel content,
watching friendships flourish.
The cravings for connection
are well nourished.