by C. Dianne Long

Published in Issue No. 3 ~ April, 1996

Smiling faces pressed
against silver windows
Fogged up circles
wiped away clean
hoping to see
or be seen
by the man in the chair
with the cigar,
the clean desk
and the blank stare
wondering what
those “people”
are doing
out there.

He calls for Mrs. Mary
“Tell them to leave”
He hates their pathetic
and the blinding
of the mirrored window
that reflects
the face
the he sees
late at night
when he swallows the pill
that helps him

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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.