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Sitting in the Shadows

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About the poet

Faith Harper has been writing poetry since she was 17 years old. After moving here from Ohio, she raised a family, has been active in various organizations and taught history at Tokay High School for 25 years as well as getting married again. Faith is retired and continues to pursue her interests in politics and writing.

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 7:20 am

Sitting in the shadows

of an old-fashioned restaurant

cracker barrel in the sun

cheesy snippets

tossed out for the strays

“Hush, puppy

Hush, puppy.”

Sitting in the shadows

it’s easy to snipe at the traffic

moving through

the sleepy streets,

Passing them by

while the old men

can’t do much more than

sit or “Go Fish.”

Sitting in the shadows

it’s easy to take the pot shots

at those who still think

they have somewhere to go

when already

the old men have picked

their resting place.

The clothes they wear are permanent-press

but rumpled anyway, fitting the

contours of the chairs,

The stains of the past meetings all blend

together in the material more easily that way.

But there’s still one suit that fits

And they’ll save it for last.

“What do you want to discuss next time?”

“What does a poem mean?” they ask?

“What is the state of the world now?”

Answers you can only find within. They should already know.

Non illegitimi carborundum.

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