Sunday, October 04, 2009

Waiting Room

This is a place of equality
a place of expectation
where all who enter
hope for a quick and easy
Waiting on--
it could be anything--
innocuous reasons
or life and death.
But the waiting room
remains a place of expectation
where the result is unknown,
the future untold.
Resignation, boredom, protocol,
grief, excitement
quiet whispering, arguing
siblings, helpless bureaucrats
following endless rules.
Overheard parts of conversation are
tantalizing and mysterious.
Guessing background and stories
can ease boredom and
The longer the wait the more
it seems that an
answer will
be brought forth.
But all
are eventually released
from the waiting room.

Marsha Salerno

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