We break up time

not into minutes and hours

but into waitings

and the swift brief passing of the end of waiting

chain reactions of deflation or elation.


Even within the waiting

there are waitings

in the nine months waiting

the milestones passed achieved are only the prelude

to the lifetime of waiting that never ends.


Waiting is longing or dreading

the knot is the same the squirming.

Will he phone will she come?

And the waiting with the cord around the neck—

are they all right?

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

15 thoughts on “Waitings”

    1. Congratulations! You’re on the roller coaster of waiting then 🙂 I hope it all goes well and the last bit isn’t too fraught. Daft thing to say, as if it ever isn’t fraught. Just hang on, you’re in for a bumpy ride 🙂

      1. Thanks 🙂 and, yes, the bumpy part of the ride has certainly begun. Trying to cut myself some slack as my body goes through this myriad of changes…it’s an amazing and discombobulating experience all at once!

  1. Poignant, Jane. I hadn’t thought about breaking up time in waiting. The nine months of waiting is certainly much different than waiting for a phone call or for them to return home. I remember waiting up for younger daughter to come home from dates. . .
    I do like the painting.

    1. Thank you. I didn’t know this painting. She doesn’t look entirely happy, does she?
      I can’t help but think every moment is waiting for something. Partly it’s always having something to worry about. The other waiting, nine months of it is different, as you say. But also stressful!

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