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A Quiet Waltz

By: Agnes Dalton - 28 minutes ago


A challenged waiter and a forgotten child 
are alone in an empty diner -
when suddenly, a spotted lark 
glides through an open window 
and carries the child's voice away.

The challenged waiter rushes the baby
into the burnt kitchen and gently bathes him
in a vat of silky buttermilk.

There is no need for a candle now.
The infant silently sleeps.
He's dreaming of a holy nest -

sacrament to a testament?

A resurrection of majestic trees unfold as 

apnea prevails – when the waiter
finally awakes - he unlocks 
the rusted magnesium gates - 
stained with the blood of a combed innocence.

Finding himself abandoned again, 
the babbling steward 
slithers through the dusty shadows 
of hammered pots and pans - like smoke rings, 
slicing celestial godsong sung by dappled larks.
A forgotten waiter. A lifeless infant -
an empty diner...and all the senseless,
napkin-tucked angels, who witnessed 
this timeless debacle, are now 

dancing and crying - a quiet waltz...

for one.

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  1. Date: 2/19/2009 6:44:00 PM
    The image listing has a compelling voice and brings the effort strength.

  1. Date: 12/6/2008 9:10:00 AM
    wonderfully written - Thank you for your comment on my poem, John..

  1. Date: 11/7/2008 5:01:00 AM
    Awsome, my friend. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your first place win. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 10/30/2008 1:04:00 PM
    So beautifully written John! Wonderful heartfelt write, and congratulations on placing in Kristin's Contest!! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 10/29/2008 6:14:00 PM
    Sir John. :) what can I say, this poem is brilliant (but I believe, you already know that!) amazing in its depth, originality - I mean the news headline - come on! to the sadness and sir, are a poet who should be read. You must put out a book. Now. did you do it yet? lol Anyway, loved this!!!!!!! love Kristin

  1. Date: 10/29/2008 2:54:00 PM
    I knew this was a winner! Who didn't - duh! : ) ~lol~ Congratulations John on your shared First Place win in Kristin's contest! Love, Shar xoxo