Springing Into Action Poem by anais vionet

Springing Into Action

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I woke up late this morning, my phone was dead. I guess I never plugged it in, I found it buried under my pillow (erah!) . I barely had time for anything, just managing to cover the basics as the 'Whoop' sound signaled my first virtual classroom opening. A pop-up announced that the class would be recorded and available later. 'Yessss! ' I thought, as I put in my airpods.

My room is surprisingly full of houseplants. There's a ponytail palm, an anthurium and philodendrons sending down tendrils of heart-shaped leaves from shelves and tables. I drew open my curtains and the room bloomed, morning sunny. It was 22° but my windows are almost always cracked open to let in some real air.

I dressed in an unstylish, black school hoodie, short pajama pants, long socks and fluffy, pink slippers for my virtual class. My still-wet hair looked attractively mop-like. I began brushing it out while arranging the colored gel-pens and highlighters I use to take notes.

I was starving but I could only imagine breakfast. Ever notice how the sun looks like a giant egg-yolk? At least my Keurig was on the job - burping, whirring and dripping like a malfunctioning steam engine as it rendered lifesaving French Vanilla coffee that smelled like a caffeinated heaven.

As the professor started talking about the syllabus, outlining the types of problems we'll be working on this semester and reminding us of things we learned in our intro to econ class, a teaching assistant, in another window, asked us to press the roll-call icon and reminded us we had a paper due (this is why we read our syllabus, people) . Then the assistant's window became a countdown timer showing what remained of the ten minutes we'd been given to upload the first-day's homework.

Twenty minutes into the class, I was combed out and ponytailed, coffeed-up and positively vibrating with pleasure - I LOVE this stuff - strategies, actions, outcomes and payoffs. Student life is unnatural, stressful and myopic - but it can be thrilling too.

There was a knock on my door frame (the door to my room is almost always open) , and one of my roommates, Sunny, was there. 'Morning, Princess Anesthesia, ' she said, teasing me about over-sleeping.

I pointed to my pink-M1-iMac screen, to indicate I was in class and she tossed me a bag. I knew, at once, that it was breakfast from the cafeteria. 'I love you, ' I mouthed, before turning back to the screen.

Spring Semester has begun.

Springing Into Action
Friday, January 28, 2022
Topic(s) of this poem: university,morning,teen
Kim Barney 28 January 2022

Sounds like a fun way to attend school!

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anais vionet 28 January 2022

It's really NOT as much fun. I know because I spent all of 11th grade in virtual classes.

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