42 Days

By Anne Donovan

Forty-two days is six weeks. Six weeks is a long time.


In six weeks you might

learn a new language

meet someone and fall in love

watch leaves turn from green to gold, red, brown.


Six weeks is a long time.


Long enough to

create a garden

cross a continent

read Paradise Lost over and over again.


Six weeks is a long time.


Too long to

stare at the same wall

feel scared and alone

wait till they decide.


Six weeks is a long, long time.