Plans Change

by Anthony Krieman   Jun 22, 2020

I never knew what I wanted to be before I was asked
I only knew teacher was the answer.
Something about imparting knowledge and experience
To someone else gave me such a feeling of purpose.

I didn’t go to college. I had the grades, I qualified for aid
But I had a family to support, and two jobs to do so.
I broke my back all morning, and sat in a cubicle all night
I didn’t see the sun for seven years.

Somewhere in that monotonous darkness going nowhere
I took a meaningful step
I joined the army
There is still a weight on my soul but it is different

I teach young privates who have never paid a bill
About interest and credit so they can live after...
I teach young men to shoot, move, and communicate
On the field of battle so they can kill... no... Survive.

I feel that same sense of purpose I felt all those years ago
But it’s different
I am so close to what I wanted to do
Like a book you bought but never got the chance to read...


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  • 6 months ago

    by Meena Krish

    Congrats on the Win!

  • 6 months ago

    by Meena Krish

    Life finds a way to show us not just 'a' path but 'the' path- one filled with purpose and a feeling of accomplishment..well done and welcome to the site :)

  • 6 months ago

    by hiraeth

    I'm glad Ben nominated this piece; it's true life has a away of making its own plan for you! Well written, and welcome to p&q!

  • 6 months ago

    by Ben Pickard

    Plans certainly do change, and this conveys that excellently. Life's paths bend in the most surprising ways, don't they?
    All the very best and welcome to the site.

    • 6 months ago

      by Anthony Krieman

      Thanks for the read Ben, thanks for nomination as well.

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