Poet’s Corner: Buddy Benches

Buddy Benches

by Hedy Huss

Lately, I heard of Virginia

installing “buddy benches”

on school playgrounds.

on school playgrounds.

do exist here in Soldotna!

They’re around — check out

your playground.

Taking a seat signals “I’m low.”

A buddy would ease the blow.

A friend joins he or she.

How can they be helped?

What can the difficulty be?

Maybe it’s not being picked for a team?

That would be hurtful,

it would seem.

Talking together might

uncover other feelings.

Stress and sadness can send

all of us reeling.

Kids can seek solace at

that spot.

On day the helper will need help.

Why not?

A simple playground piece

that brings welcomed peace.

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