“Thank You For Waiting” by Simon Armitage

For travelers, for those who wait in lines and in traffic, for those wasting away in  doctors’ offices, you are likely to appreciate this reading by Simon Armitage,  Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

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Simon Armitage

Be patient – and enjoy.  Aloha, Renée


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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

3 responses to ““Thank You For Waiting” by Simon Armitage”

  1. Rosita says :

    Oh, God, I simply luv (good) poetry! I totally despise poetry which talks on indecent stuff, such as explicit sex and apology to drugs, such stuff. For me, they aren’t good poetry, but that’s just me.. I do write poetry sometimes – really deep things which range from about how much I love my country, despite its problems to protest thro poetry against worrying social issues, but I do also write on love and appreciating beauty of world and regular mundane stuff. And, of course, dogs! I’ve already made my mind, I will be breeding PhuQuoc Ridgebacks, an extremely rare dog breed once I finish uni. But I’ll do it with intense passion and dedication, NOT as such unclean puppy mills which do just exploit their dogs, ‘cause when u do something with deep love and passion, u do it way better than when u do just for money. It becomes like an inseparable part of your soul, love and dedication is the difference between a good job and an awesome job. And, also, I NEED to finish my poetry book and print it, and start selling it. Someday I still do that, I promise. I hope most people start enjoying poetry, ‘cause most of them nowadays don’t use complicated vocabulary anymore. It’s sad to see how many people in world don’t know or just completely despise reading..

    Here, some info on PhuQuoc dogs, hope u likes it:


    Also, more info on how to enjoy good reading, hope u likes it:


    Espero que vocês estejam bem,

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: You could be doing a blog too. Thanks for all the information. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a PhuQuoc, but they seem as though they would make good companions. And for poetry, I especially like to hear the poet recite his/her work. Poetry and literature are wonderful gifts to the world; I think you agree. Aloha, R

      • Rosita says :

        Thanks, I must agree with u. If u’re interested in buying a PhuQuoc dog, I’ll mAke a blog on ‘em once I found my kennel, sometime by 2026-28, I promise. I’m considering about breeding Kintamanis too! Also, books, pencil, paper and computers are great allies if we wanna write something, apart from our own minds. It’s just sad how much illiteracy and lack of interest in reading stuff there’s still in our world 😧
        Your Brazilian friend

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