Fifteen Minutes

15 minute increments.
That is how I live
8 hours a day
five days a week
15 minute increments.
I watch the clock carefully
I must excuse myself
I need to go
I need to wash my hands
to keep you
and myself safe.
15 minute increments
this is not a game
this is my new reality
as I serve the public
who need to eat
who need their care
who need reassurance
who need a friendly ear.
15 minute increments.
I wonder
up to 14 days
to incubate
please wait I must sanitize
I am sorry I have to make you stand
this is for your safety and mine.
15 minute increments.
This is my new reality.
This is my new truth.
This is a new life for everyone.
We are all in this together.
There is no need
to push
punch
scream
like animals in a zoo
suddenly released
set upon one another.
Bloody massacre.
15 minute increments.
I hope you have a great day.
I need a moment please.
Stand over the sink
how many 15 minutes have passed?
Single tear drops.
Chin quivers.
Deep breath.
Stand up straight.
Smile on my face.
In my ear
your voice
reassuring
‘baby you got this
it is only 15 minutes.’
ยฉMarch 31/20
Picture is my own

Author: Jay-lyn Doerksen

I am a single hard working mom in her 40's. I have always written poetry and I love words. I live with depression and its ups downs. This is a space where I can create and write all that I need to.

25 thoughts on “Fifteen Minutes”

      1. Well sweetie in the grand scheme of things that is the least of your concerns. Yes you want to go to college. Yes you want to pay for it yourself. Yes you are out of a job. But you are healthy. You are alive. You will find another job. And if you have to put off going to college for a year you have to put off going to college for a year. Babycakes it does not have to be done bang….bang….bang…..sometimes you have to sit back ride the wave and then get back on track.
        Love ya sweets ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. You made me tear up. My 15 minute increments look different than yours but they are there. Thank you for writing. Thank you for doing. Thank you for serving. Be safe and well.

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