Tom J. Mariani

Rookie (January 1948 / San Francisco, CA)

Not Designed To Wait In Line At Starbucks - Poem by Tom J. Mariani

Black hair mane-like
Black shoes socks
Strapped in a vest-like

Over long
Warm dark
Sleeves

Where have I seen
Something like this before
Sensing so much desire to move

Not designed to wait in line
So much more to do
Straining at the ropes

That couldn't hold her
Even if
They wanted to

Where have I seen
Somethinig like this before
Seems barely halter-broke

Next I would expect
To hear
Whinnying

Then the sounds of
A jostled bridal
Metal clicks of a bit

Stamping of polished hooves
Pawing and testing
Of the ground

I'm waiting to see
A subtle shiver
In the shoulders

A quick toss of the head
Flick of an ear
Just before she bolts

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 23, 2011


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