Waiting Room

Another  Waiting Room

Splotched dusty walls
Florescent light patches
Lone winter poinsettia
Grinning red faced

Above dragon at front desk
A motor mouth in purple
Filling tired waiting room
With her tinny prattle

New untidy plump patient
With two fatigued red bags
Digging for personal data
To ink information sheets

Old patients- a couple
Gossiping among selves
Their Spanish tripping gently
A waterfall in early evening

Floor dirtied from shoe scuff marks
Further littered with sundry inserts
Colorful eye catchers, let go at large
By aged diverse topic(ed) magazines

These inserts are insidious
Like proverbial cat’s paw
Making generous offers
With invisible fish hooks

Air of quiet desperation, hope
Devil may care mixed with reek
From a medicinal leak assaulting
Senses on day petering on last legs

Insipid walls – silent repositories
Of tasteless frames save an Eduard
Manet holding pride of place ~a lush
Painted garden with picture perfect seat

Opposite wall- woebegone displaying
Famous mausoleum Taj Mahal- love’s tear
On time’s cheek, third with flat screen, spouting
Facts figures on diabetes offering sawdust recipes

Crossing uncrossing legs, twiddling
Thumbs, hastily jotting impressions
On paper scraps psyching myself to calm
Down and give my innate impatience a rest

*painting is by Edouard Manet


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