I Needed to Wait in the Hall

August 21, 2013

I needed to wait in the hall
I needed to wait in the hall a long time
and not be welcomed
To see your books on common shelves to be shared
Books inscribed to you
Some books I gave you last Christmas
And to hear worried phrases and roaring grunts from voices
not quite yours


I needed to wait long enough to be sure that
if that door were to open
there might not still be an easy chair (or two)
A joyful if unsteady greeting
And a dresser with drawers that smelled the same
as when I played movie star with the earrings they held


I needed to wait long enough to know
that that door would not open
to start a long slow walk downstairs
for salt-free shrimp scampi and chocolate ice cream
and stories repeated louder and louder each time


I needed to wait
To wait a long time
Long enough to be sure
that my reason to be there was gone


© 2013 Kim Buck

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