SIMPLE QUESTION

SIMPLE QUESTION
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Second grade.
Single handout.
Simple question.
I want to be _____________________.
Fill in blank.
Simple answers:
Blackboard professions.
Teacher writing;
White on black.
Chalk engaging:
Terry to be teacher.
Peter to be pilot.
Nancy to be nurse.
David to be doctor.
Aaron to be astronaut.

Filled blackboard.
Great aspirations.
Big expectations.
Acknowledged.
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Fold my paper.
Hold my paper.
In my hands.
Revelation.
Realization.
Answer wrong.
Thought did not occur to me.
A list of things that I could be.
My answer
Simply wanting….
To belong.
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Belong -
Become attached.
Bound by birth,
Allegiance,
Dependency.
To be an attribute,
A part ...
Of another person
Or thing.
To be fulfilled within a unit.
To belong.

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Teacher says,
The want to “be”
Should make us see,
The need
For higher learning.
Teachers, pilots, nurses,
More….
Doctors, astronauts
Explore
More schooling.
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But quietly, a thought in me…
Is being explored.
Does school exist …
A school for me,
Where I can board?
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Or…
Could it be
Such need in me.
Engaged in me…
Secured in me
A want for God?
Could it be
Unknown to me ….
One day I’d be
A child beloved
By God?
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Never had the answer wrong.
I simply wanted to belong.
God met the need
And all along…
He loved me.
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The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying,
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.”
Jeremiah 31:3