Late Afternoon Delight

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Late Afternoon Delight
by Ivan Jenson

Your thoughts like
your hair are
braided too tightly
your lips
are pursed like
your purse
where you keep
all the secret things
that a woman needs
to get by
like the chapstick
you can apply
to awkward pauses
in coffee shop conversations
what I am saying is
stop watching your watch
and trying to tell time
what to do
you can’t change the fact
that it could be a quarter to
so much more than four
don’t you see this moment
hinges on your
laughter over spilled
half and half

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1 Comment

  1. A fine piece on inhibition, with a nice flow to it that contrasts the personality it’s describing. It seizes on moments in her behavior that keep her from living in the moment; the most telling: “stop watching your watch and trying to tell time what to do.” The last detail is perfectly conceived.

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