Thursday, October 28, 2010

wish

I wish you hadn’t done that.
Looked across the bar at me
and stared as you sipped your beer.
I felt like a specimen, trashy,
with too much jewelry
and too little sobriety.
I wish you hadn’t smiled like that,
slowly. A grin spreading across your face
like a bit of paper picked up by a breeze.
I had no choice. I smiled back
and oddly studied my own glass,
the beer foam drying around the rim,
as though I were begging for a refill.
Really, I wish you hadn’t.

(written at the High Desert Retreat, October 2010)

9 comments:

  1. Gasp ... you were drinking ... a BEER?!? I don't know what to believe in anymore, expect maybe that “wish” is a mighty fine poem.

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  2. Ha! That wasn't really me. The "I" needed to be drinking a beer so there would be dried foam on the glass. Cider and wine: no foam. Also, thanks!

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  3. For the record, that’s called “lacing” in the parlance ;)

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  4. I am glad I was there to witness the process of your writing such a great poem. You are a poet Jeanette!

    XOXO

    Michael

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  5. I so enjoy your way with words, J, in poetry and prose. I am lucky I can hear this in your voice. Thanks for capturing such a quietly momentous tipping point (tippling point too). And thanks for putting you writing out there.

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  6. Really nice... love your work, as we say down here. Now I'm going to have to work out how this internet and blogging stuff works so I can follow you. -Eric F

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  7. Thanks, Eric. Wish I could be of help with the following thing. I have blogs I follow, but don't recall how exactly I did that... :-)

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