The Waiting Room

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – April Day 26   (posted by Isadora)
“A list with a twist”

“Today, we’ll visit a common form called the list poem, and we’ll put a teeny twist to it just to keep things interesting.

What is a list poem?

A list poem is simply that. A list or inventory of items, people, places, or ideas. They often involve repetition.

From Walt Whitman to Dr. Seuss, poets have used the list format as a way to break free of traditional expectations and conjure forth some powerful work.

Your challenge…

Write a list poem of five. Five of anything. Five things you need at the grocery. Five people who got exactly what they had coming. Your five favorite things overheard on the street. Five things you haven’t been able to throw away. You get the point. The mic is warm. The stage is yours.”

Studiously I count
amount of people
ahead of me. There
is a distraught redhead,
who has not turned
a page of her magazine
for at least ten minutes.
Across from her, a harried
young mother tries to gather
her children like peas
on a plate. They cannot
all have appointments,
I think. In the corner,
sits a uniformed man who
has the misfortune of
resembling Snidely Whiplash.
I try not to laugh. On my
left, a couple who looks
like they were born married.
He is solicitous of her–
folding her coat, getting
her a paper cup of water.
I bide my time. Looks like
I’m fifth. Distraught Redhead
is called in.  Three to go.  Then,
an emergency 
patient arrives.
I pick up Red’s magazine.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to The Waiting Room

  1. Great observations! (why I bring my knitting to all waiting rooms 🙂


  2. Jim says:

    Nice, Sara — I hope this didn’t happen to you. If I was or one of your young’uns I hope things got all fixed up. I work on my blogging with my old Galaxy 5 smart phone or on a iPad if they have good wifi. Can’t remember the last time I read. Not even the book that I trudge along with.


  3. I love this! Especially the children like peas on a plate. Exactly!


  4. Nicely described. I always have my trusty iPad with all the reading apps on it. (KIndle, Kobo, Google Play, iBooks. I’m a bit paranoid about running out of reading matter, lol.)


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    We never know how long it might take in such situations! Nicely done, Sara 💜💜


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