Waiting for Her
Under the street lamp, our Buick gleamed
metallic green. In the back seat I twisted
seed pearls sewn on my white gloves.
My brother bounced next to me, whined,
I'm starving. Dad blew perfect smoke rings.
Next door Marquart's cocker spaniel
started yapping. Their porch lights went on.
I'll go get her, I said, reaching for
the door handle. Dad shook his head,
and honked twice, then three times,
then turned over the ignition.
The Roadmaster bucketed and groaned.
Nancy Scott is the author of Down to the Quick (2007) and One Stands Guard, One Sleeps (2009) published by Plain View Press; and A Siege of Raptors (2010) by Finishing Line Press. She is managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S.1 Poets' Cooperative in New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Journal of New Jersey Poets, Exit 13, Poet Lore, Slant, Mudfish, and many other literary journals. www.nancyscott.net