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The Bible Salesman

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The Bible Salesman


One summer day,
so hot and humid
she, with windows open
fans going was standing
at the window
letting the air blow
an ice cube
up and down her arms
around her neck,
eyes closed.

Thinking a man
to run his finger up her arm
like this ice cube,
making goose bumps
as a knock
on the door made her jump,
feeling guilty somehow
for her thoughts.

On the porch
a man looking with a grin
at her feelings, she thought,
selling Bibles he said.
She watched his face, not listening,
the way his lips moved
the straight line of his teeth,
the crease that appeared,
then disappeared
from the corner of his eye.
She had wished for a man
and this one had appeared.

He told her about college
and selling Bibles door to door
to support himself
to help his family.
He told her about his 3 young sisters
and one brother,
how his mom was sick
his dad having trouble.

She bought a Bible, of course.
She bought a Bible,
even though she already had one.
How could she not buy a Bible
from this man?
It would be almost sacrilegious.
She would have bought anything from him.

Usually, words flowed from her
like music
from an early morning song bird.
How to make him stay,
after the Bible was in her hand
and the dull day was threatening return.

The ice melted slowly in her hand
making a wet spot on the bodice of her dress
as she clutched it to her bosom.
She had thought of the heat
and this man trudging with his
sacred suitcase full of the Word,
and the ice slowly melting
on her chances.

He had stayed
drinking ice tea
as shadows fell on the day
and the afternoon breeze
curled the pages
of the Bible.
that lay on the table between them.

© Copyright 1999 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
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Oh, Martie! I don't have the right words for this one. It is exquisite! I could feel this poem, see it happen in front of my eyes and feel the emotions of both of them. Beautifully done.
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Marie...what a wonderful demonstration of free verse at it's best. This flowed very smoothly, the imagery was great, and as Balladeer stated, this is truly exquisite. Bravo my friend...now take a well deserving bow
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This is too good to slip away.
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Balladeer, you are a deer. Thank you so much for replying twice to this poem and Hoot, thanks for your comments too.
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5 posted 11-26-1999 09:17 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Yes, Martie this is excellent! I had a picture painted in my mind! So smooth and flowing! I enjoyed this very much!

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Denise

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Too good to slip away indeed. Fantastic. I can feel the emotional tension - give me the ice cube!!!!
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I felt the emotional tension! Excellent job.
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WoW! At a loss....

Elizabeth
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Denise--thank you. I'm so glad you liked it.

Severn--thanks my friend. I'm afraid an icecube would melt before it got from me to you.

Ohme--appreciate your comments

Elizabeth--a wow from you is worth pure gold.
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Enjoyed this read very much! Can really feel the tension and the possibilities. Loved it!

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If you love me like music, I'll be your song.
~Heart~ Dreamboat Annie

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You paint a worded tapestry...and we stand in awe. This is an exquisite piece full of poetic tension and even open to another refrain. You left me wanting more.

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Once I was brilliant, now I no longer shine, but the twinkle in my eye speaks of another time.
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I enjoyed this very much!
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