Sometimes, There’s Purpose in the Delay, a poem

Delay (3)

 

The man sits in traffic

Coffee in his hand

And he grits his teeth

Another long day

The aggravation swells

And he grabs his horn

And tells the world he’s in a hurry

But nothing changes

He writhes within the delay – impatient

Never will he understand

It saved his life that day.

Had he driven a little faster

Had he arrived a little earlier

Had he not been delayed

That last morning hug with his son

The accident alongside the road

Firemen using the jaws of life

It would have been him

But he will never understand

He just drives by – and thinks it irrelevant

And he’s not the only one.

 

The young man in college

Roams about campus

And he grits his teeth in impatience

It’s another long day

For his ride is late – again

He just doesn’t have time for this

And the anger rises, not by his command

Until he sees her sitting under the tree

Reading poetry with a smile on her lips

How can a person be so carefree?

She looks at him and smiles

They start a conversation

And little can he understand

That this was meant to be

It saved his life that day

Had he left campus early

Had his ride come quickly through

Had he not been delayed

The life they shared together

Never would have been

And their young child

Who will someday grow to be a man

Who touches the world with his heart

Would never be

But he will never understand

He thinks it’s irrelevant

And he’s not the only one.

 

We writhe and struggle through the delay

And it happens every day

But we never know where it will save us

And we will never understand

We think we are in command

Of everything and everyone

But sometimes – in the delay

There’s purpose.

 

© Sumyanna 2015

 

Submitted for The Daily Post Prompt: grit

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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