CHALLENGED OR CHALLENGED?: AN UNRESOLVED DANCE LINGERS ON
By: Agnes Dalton - 28 minutes ago
API RELEASE: CHATTANOOGA, TN -
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...