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0 posted 11-27-2002 11:11 AM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Cpat Hair

It wasn’t the first snow
But it was bigger than the others
And enough for me to want
A warm room and a few beers
To ride it out rather than
It riding me off some deserted
New Mexico ditch.

The lights were on in the cantina
And outside were a couple of
Road slushed pickups that still steamed
When the heavy wet hit the hood,
So I figured it would do
For the few cold ones and that later
I’d go back to the mud flat motel
I saw on the way in and find a warm
Or at least tepid, room.

I shouldn’t have been surprised
To see Jake sitting there
A smile on his face as he flirted
With the waitress wearing
A low cut sweater.

She was Jake’s type.
Meaning she was a woman

With a wave of his hand
He motioned me over,
Whispered something in the waitress’s ear
And slapped her behind as she walked off.

I sat across from him with neither of us
Offering more than a “how you been?”

His eyes were older than I remembered,
And his smile a little more forced,
When he finally asked,” Seen Her?”

I shook my head no and sipped on the beer
The waitress had brought to the table
Without my asking.

‘Well,” he said,” it is the holiays.”
“You know she hates them.”


I listened not sure where he was heading.
But curious now not because of her
But because I had never seen him
Quite this way before.

“I talked to her a couple weeks ago.”
He continued.
“she mentioned you and asked if ever saw you.”

He paused here and sipped on his beer
Looking off towards to window
As if half expecting a ghost to appear
In the swirl of snow outside.

“Well, if you talk to her again,”
I said, “tell her I still don’t dance.”

Jake chuckled as he tipped his beer
And I grinned in spite of myself.

“What time this joint close?”
I asked, thinking I should make sure
I got that room before it was too late
And I ended up sleeping in the cab
Of my old truck.

“Well, seeing as how I own it, guess it doesn’t have to.”
He replied with a grin.
“Tomorrows Thanksgiving you know,”
“why not hold over here with me?”
“We’ll get Juanita here to cook us up something Mex,
drink a few beers and catch up.”

I thanked him for the offer
But lied and told him I had to be in Arizona
Come tomorrow noon.

“Maybe next year.”


[This message has been edited by Cpat Hair (11-27-2002 02:14 PM).]

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1 posted 11-27-2002 11:34 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


ah...aha!
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2 posted 11-27-2002 12:47 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Well written, as always. I could see and hear this one, and it rang true to scenes I think I've seen before.
You're a great storyteller!
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3 posted 11-27-2002 01:59 PM       View Profile for Local Parasite   Email Local Parasite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Local Parasite's Home Page   View IP for Local Parasite

Nice work.  The title gave away that it was his bar, I dunno, you could have made it different or something maybe...

What's with all the story poems with waitresses in them lately... this the second I've seen today, heh... I might have to play with this theme a little bit myself.  

Great work Ron... no criticism.

Parasite

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~Aldous Huxley

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4 posted 11-27-2002 02:13 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

Sunshine..small edit on my part.. I forgot myself. ( chuckling)


Midnight.. thank you for the complement. glad you could relate to and enjoy

LP... None? must mean you have given up on me.. ( grinning) Title..poor choice I agree.
was playing with a couple but nothing stuck.
since it is based on along old story line I have been writing for a number of years...it became harder for some reason to title it.

Perhaps simply; Holiday Greetings

you'd have to read the whole series to understand that...and I assure you it is not worth it..

thanks everyone!
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Aha! aw....

it was a nice Freudian slip
while it lasted...
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6 posted 11-27-2002 03:40 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

aren't freudian slips the topic of another conversation over in discussion? ( chuckling) perhaps the whole is a slip....
just one of those days my friend... one of those days...
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7 posted 11-27-2002 07:00 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I really like this...we should rent an RV and travel around the country to get some inspiration...Thanksgiving in Arizona? That's ME!!! LOL
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8 posted 11-29-2002 08:45 AM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

Thank MsDevine. I think to truly see the side I am trying to write about we would also have ot make changes in what we do for a living and embrace a lifestyle I for one am not sure I'm tough enough to handle anymore... but traveling is always fun...I enjoy the observing of people and ways..then making my own little stories up about them...

AZ and Turkey day.... hope yours was pleasant!
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9 posted 11-29-2002 09:40 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

This had that feel of a lone stranger riding into town...kind of the tone of a Clint Eastwood movie.
?

I'm always happy to read your writes about Iambe, even when you are trying to avoid her.

Tip o the hat, cap!
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eastwood? hmmm.... food for thought I guess.

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11 posted 12-04-2002 02:28 PM       View Profile for banburycross   Email banburycross   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for banburycross

I read this over a couple times, and concluded that the reason i like this so much is because it reminds me of my grandfather, who liked nothing better than to find a small bar well suited to country music and good food.  I could really see the place you describe in this and it gave me some nice memories of sitting with him and talking about life.

Sometimes, the things that go unsaid are the only things worth hearing.

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12 posted 12-04-2002 02:52 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

glad you liked... it is actually related to whole series of pieces I did based on Iambe, a fictional woman that was an obsession for the lead character in this until he left her.

I've been in those small bars as well and seen the people, listened to them talk, and tried to use what I remembered to paint the scene... I'm glad to know I succeeded in some way doing so.
thanks for the words...


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13 posted 12-05-2002 05:01 PM       View Profile for Yu Lan   Email Yu Lan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Yu Lan

Very enjoyable. ^_^ Hey, one piece I was a little unsure of though:

"“she mentioned you and asked if ever saw you.”"

is there a word missing here by an chance?
Anyway, you have some great imagery in this

-Lynne

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14 posted 12-06-2002 08:28 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

you are correct there is a word missing ( laughing) Thanks for pointing it out and for dropping in... ( note to self..self...proof read your work closer)

 
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