Hans Ostrom

Silver Star - 3,699 Points (1954 / California)

Expect Delays - Poem by Hans Ostrom

At the annual International Patience Festival,
held every other year (or so) ,
participants double-park on each other’s nerves;
wait in lines leading up to
unstaffed stations;
are notified appointments with a
have been rescheduled; ache; stand by
for further announcements;
get the runaround and put on hold;
pray, hope, digress; pass the
consult obscure religious texts; sigh; check their
their messages;
ask each other if there’s been “any word”;
fall behind schedule; and,
believe people are basically good.

Comments about Expect Delays by Hans Ostrom

  • (11/4/2007 11:50:00 PM)

    You take a word, like patience, and use it as a Christmas Tree. You artfully hang other words on it. The gives the word life and beauty.
    Thanks Again
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 4, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, April 22, 2011

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