Nine Hours

“It takes lots and lots of coffee

to smile during a nine-hour shift.”

This, from the Starbucks barista 

who most consistently calls me 

by name, and overflows 

with endearments. 

The statement made me wonder

about the smiles we sometimes 

wear as a mask;

about what it feels like to simply 

endure the long shift of whatever

duty we are called to;

about whatever it is

that carries us through 

the long haul.

prayer, music, beauty, friendship

exercise, meditation and–



One thought on “Nine Hours

  1. Well, the coffee certainly helps…and a good friend does, too. Thank you for being a good friend always, even as you smile through your own “long shift.”

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