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"Just a Moment, Please" - Nov. 30, 2022

the lady from the gas company

put’s me on hold

while I wait and wonder


isn’t a moment

supposed to be no more

than two three maybe four

beats of the heart?


somewhere in the realm of

easily countable seconds

not uncountable minutes


school never offered

the evolving definition

of a moment that life has


so far never longer

than 35 minutes

or shorter than 20 seconds


and the silence that follows

sometimes hairpulling

always interminable


but it is redefined once again

she’s back in 15 seconds

with that greeting

Thanks for waiting

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