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A Few Minutes Late

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A Few Minutes Late

A busy wife and mom, she always seemed late
But she didn’t know why, at times she would wait
When a sense of urgency was of great import
Especially to those waiting, most in need of her support

For those of us wondering, “How could she always take so long?”
Since it wasn’t obvious why, oft was heard a car horn
But many times I noticed, even as a small lad
There was intent in her lateness, usually to aid something or someone who had

A need greater than ours, or those we were meeting
Like our dogs needed water, or the horses needed feeding
Or, stopping to talk to an elderly neighbor 
Who had just learned of an illness that caused them great labor

There was the time when she stopped the car to explain something of import
We got to ask many questions, she never cut us short
I also remember a stressful day, one where we were late for carpool
And an irate father took it out on her, very un cool

Later that night I could hear her crying as we went to sleep
And I prayed for an angel to visit and tell her not to weep
And to show her how her small decisions to be late
Greatly affect people and other’s lives, which then go on to create

Such a wonderful world for us all to enjoy 
If we just keep in mind, that if all of us too employed
A sometimes-slight hesitation, a thought of others before plunging ahead
We’d all get to experience a life with more threads

That fulfills that promise to our creator who asked
Only that we fill our lives with greater weight
And maybe, just maybe, it’s because we’re a few minutes late

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  1. Date: 3/16/2011 10:49:00 PM
    Shawn,, ;-) a big congratulations, on your awesome poem being featured this week,.. take care,..and enjoy your Saint Patricks Day.... ;-) ...p.d."

  1. Date: 3/16/2011 6:26:00 PM
    Congrats on the feature Shawn. Nice tribute. Vince

  1. Date: 3/15/2011 6:36:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Shawn. Have a wonderful week and may you have baskets full of inspiration come your way. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/10/2009 1:47:00 PM
    so very wonderful it brought tears to my eyes I hope you showed this to Mom? Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 4:16:00 PM
    As people scurry about impatiently, leading busy lives, it's nice to know there are people like the woman you describe who will take the time to show kindness, even if it means being late. That "irate father" was very uncool, Shawn! Perhaps he did not understand that she was one of those rare people who would stop to help a friend. Excellent observation and a great message in this poem! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 10:06:00 AM
    The Christmas season seems to bring out such brilliant poetry from all the poets here at PoetrySoup making you all ~~~Poet Extraordinaires~~~. I thank you for sharing your poetry with us all through the year Shawn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 3:47:00 AM
    Lovely poem, I really enjoyed it, love Simone