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Poetry Train: waiting

January 21, 2008

For this week’s Poetry Train, I offer up my first 3:15 Experiment poem, written at 3:15 am August 1, 2001. I am reminded of this poem on this day that we have set aside to recognize and celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King…

it takes a long time
when you’re waiting waiting waiting
for the light at the end of the tunnel waiting
for the ice cream to freeze waiting
for the flame to catch waiting
for the sun to shine waiting

you can’t wait
too hard
it will never come
you must wait
softly lightly
with poise

the waiting
on your head
it wants to fall
the waiting
the waiting
begins again
the waiting
is balanced
on your head
you are walking
you wait
you wait

and the sun does shine
and the eggplant grills
and the tea is brewed
and the hot fudge melts

and there
is love.

–the art predator

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2008 11:56 pm

    This is really nicely crafted for a first go at 3:15 in the morning. I especially like:

    “the waiting
    the waiting
    begins again
    the waiting
    is balanced
    on your head
    you are walking
    you wait
    you wait”

    Really love that image of a delicate walk forward to balance the waiting on one’s head.

  2. January 22, 2008 8:22 am

    this is such a great 3:15 poem. the random eggplant grilling appearing.

    i love the
    the waiting
    on your head”

    since I know your voice I can so hear you reading this one.

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