Saturday, July 9, 2016

Waiting

A man & woman wait by a window
for a third who’s overdue
The sky reddened with evening
as the hour of his arrival approached
& then passed    Your friend’s not coming
she says    He is coming her husband replies
despite the hollow halo of the streetlight
for he’s been promised
The evidence of the dark street    an hour later
& the clock’s progressive testimony    are proof
enough for her    She turns away
How will the husband feel if he turns
off the porch light    just before his friend arrives
hat in hand    apologetic for the unavoidable delay?
He waits    with proof of a different kind

~D. S. Martin

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