A Waitress In Black
For the gift of a paperback poetry book, this older cafe waitress in
black with her long wavy blond hair leans downward
in an excited fit of gratitude, this gesture,
was this kindness,
Or was it pity? the attention,
and surprised, she kisses the top of my coffee bowed head, "Thank you"
With a forced uncomfortable laugh and the stink of late night
drink escaping from her ruddy lipstick mouth.
Her pretend smile beaming a lifetime of disappointment, and
but made all the same,
once or twice married, or not, and she had the baby maybe, when
Everybody said he was a bad drunk, white trashy, but weren't we
too, all of us, a little; it hadn't rubbed off.
But she doesn't think of that stain this rainy morning, only of her pinched
and callused feet that twice had on
white satin ballet slippers
of the next exhausting ten hours.
About the Author: Bruce Colbert is an actor, filmmaker and author of five books. He lives on the Gulf Coast.