Hour 20 – Flashlight in the Hall

I walked the halls of the empty school building
carrying my phone and using
an iPhone flashlight
to light the way

The school had been empty of students
for 3 months now
I returned to retrieve the items we left
when schools closed suddenly and we thought
we would be out for an extended time

three whole weeks
sounded hard to believe
three months now is the least of it

I pointed my phone to the end of the hallway
the flashlight revealed a stray pencil on the edge
of the hall

I resisted the urge to pick it up for my “pencils to borrow” cup
the flashlight couldn’t help me see what was coming

when would these hallways be filled  with the sound
of adolescent glee and angst again

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