Thought I would again publish a poem by my talented nephew, Chaim, a Junior studying Marine Biology at Rutgers University.  His latest tells the story those of us who have had the away-from-home college experience will recognize.  Whether it is for winter break or graduation, the words resonate.  Enjoy.

Finally by Chaim Shapiro

The final day approaches, the countdown beings,

The calendar hangs silently, each check louder than the last,

30 days…25 days…20 days, the destination (finally) coming into view,

Grasping ahead proves futile, the wait continues, paying homage to the patient,

The days go by, the checks pile up, a brand known world wide,

17 days…13 days…9 days, the destination (finally) lies ahead,

Taking shape, an understanding begins to wash over, a wave of delight forms,

The anticipation creates a spring in the step, a bounce from task to task,

7 days…4 days…2 days, the destination (finally) ready,

Futility turns to success, a handful to reassure the soul,

The checks cease, the pens are put down,

The calendar is put to rest without a fight, a sense of defeat in each box,

The final preparations are made,

Bags zip,

Shoes squeak,

Doors creak,

Keys jingle,

Locks click,

Trains hiss,

The plane rumbles,

Finally.