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From One Seat in the Diner
by Daniel S. McTaggart
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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the whole world can happen at speeds
too uncomfortable to count.
a group of bikers may barge inside
carrying a woman weak
from the weight of the sun,
choked by swallowed dust
thrown up by the road.
they may demand for her
a glass of ice water,
and the waiter may pause,
out of nervousness,
and ask if she wants ice with it.
"For God's sake, yes!" they'll scream.
and so he'll scramble for ice and,
finding there is none,
throw in a handful of shavings.
when he hands it over, they'll ask,
"Where the hell's the ice?"
"We don't have any," he'll say.
"You don't have any?!"
their eyes may boil and
they may want to throw
that water in his face,
but they may instead give it to her
as they hear her moan.
from one seat in the diner,
they'll stare at him accusingly.
as if to say "How dare you promise ice
and not deliver!"
and they may blame him
for the slowness of her recovery,
if they didn't already
blame themselves.

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Reviewed by Megan Waldroop 3/29/2006
I love this! It's one that makes you think and use your own imagination to fill in the holes. Definitely makes you want to know more.
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 3/12/2006
Dear Daniel Mountain Poet (I love the mountains!)
This is so very good!
"...and they may blame him
for the slowness of her recovery,
if they didn't already
blame themselves."
Love & friendship Suzie :-D
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/12/2006
Interesting take on the situation, Daniel. Thank you for sharing your creativity. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/8/2006
Much enjoyed this one!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 3/7/2006
I agree with Ed on this...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/7/2006
Sounds like a diner to avoid...;) Ed
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 3/7/2006

I like your slant on things. It's different and compels me to ask for some more...if you please.

Thank you !

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