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    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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