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POEM: storyteller



that his audience
isn’t listening
is not important
he’s marking territory
not conveying

he leans
against the counter
grips his mug
spins a yarn
in which
he’s the hero

midway through
his audience
is subtly reading
a book, grunting
when it seems

he never notices
finishes the story
thunks his class ring
on the wooden counter
steps outside
for another smoke

14 October 2013
Oak Street

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Published in My poems Oak Street Poem-A-Day 2013 Poetry


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