At the Present Moment Café

by Lois Marie Harrod

What you get is where you are:
and the coffee sitting cold
on the table will not be coming
hot any time soon, for even
lukewarm takes planning.
Don’t expect a sweet roll
in your sheets tonight.
Let your sour self know the now.
No expectations, no wants,
no excuses, but oddly
lots of oughts,
more than you are not imagining.
So just empty your mind
and stop your bellyaching.

Copyright 2015, Lois Marie Harrod

Lois Marie Harrod’s  13th and 14th poetry collections appeared in 2013: Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Word Tech: Cherry Grove) and How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press).  Other collections include: The Only Is (2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest winner), Brief Term, poems about teachers and teaching (Black Buzzard Press, 2011), and Cosmogony (2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook Contest Winner).  She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey.

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