waitress poems

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


photograph by rehuxley via Flickr

All summer you have been
pulling in and out
of your nearby driveway,
your flat green car
burrowing in my dreams
like a slug.

You are tall and ordinary
unpacking groceries
from the trunk,
then producing the key
to your dark apartment
while I turned sixty
behind curtains.

All summer I have been
swallowing tea biscuits,
cupcakes, easy listening tunes
on the AM dial and
watching you, my nearest neighbor,
always driving away.

Did I ever tell you
about my husband?
I ask one morning
after you pull out with
a blond woman in your car.

He died in a high hospital room
looking out on the highway
where at night the cars
glow like moving stars.

Did I tell you how he
gave out watching them,
waiting for a crash,
an engine fire--something
to justify his burning?

All summer I have been
watching you, waiting for
the hottest night of the year
when you will open
all your doors and windows,
and I will catch
the strange rays of your TV
rising from the screen and
moving through the space between us
like cars, like meteors,
the mosaic of a common light.

(I wrote this poem on my 27th birthday; apparently I was feeling old.)

first appeared in Tendril
reprinted in the anthology, Yearbook of American Poetry


  • Just passing through on a suggestion from a friend. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words with the world.

    By Blogger Angela Martínez, at 6:42 PM  

  • love and life, and death and sorrow. nice poem

    By Blogger Virgil the Pilgrim, at 8:22 AM  

  • Thanks, angela and subversivee for your kind words and kind visit. Wish I could have offered you tea.

    By Blogger Patry Francis, at 5:41 AM  

  • this is comes on instant read to your poem

    All year passing
    I glance so far at you
    and I keep wondering
    How you live
    If I can get a close look inside your house
    Or even better inside your heart
    I would no longer be wondering
    My curiosity will be quenched
    I will no longer be wondering who you really are

    By Blogger iamnasra, at 11:41 PM  

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