local_library She Waits

by C. Dianne Long

Published in Issue No. 3 ~ April, 1996

That bell rings on the hour every hour
Like death to an old, emphysema’d hag
who smokes to her content
waiting for something better
to come along.

Hacking and coughing – reading the paper
never finding “story, section B pg. 22”
but reading every sales ad
like a recent college grad
with resume in hand.

She tears out coupons one by one
to sit on the table collecting dust
with dreams of being used
for that 27” color TV set
with no foiled antenna.

Her rough edged clippings are the closest she’ll get
to that box of dreams and hopes and fears
besides that pack of Pall Malls
and that damn phone
ringing off the wall.

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C. Dianne Long was 29 years old at the time these poems were published. She was born and raised in Memphis, where she attended Memphis State University. She has been writing poetry since the age of seven -- and for the most part has kept her work a secret. These poems were her first published works.