Cemetery Parking Lot

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Cemetery Parking Lot

Cemetery Parking Lot

the space near the front
door – near push
carts – near blue
light specials – near a
lady from the salvation
army, ringing a bell –
swinging a red bucket,
half smiling, tilting
her hat – half smiling –
near double doors –
at the front entrance to
K-Mart…

I want to wait inside
our car – where a
cemetery surrounds
the hospital on the hill,
behind garbage bins –
near employee parking
where you can smoke –
I want to wait inside
the car while you
purchase paper towels,
toilet paper, garbage
bags, soap, and fabric
softener –

I wait in the car play
with the crank out window,
slip my fingers over
the steering wheel –
feel where a horn plays
music, feel a knob
which turns on the windshield
wipers – a knob –
to twist for headlights –
I wait in the car – remove
my shoes, toes touch a
brown – thicker – carpet
you replaced after you
spilled paint from a
hardware store

I wait inside the car –
blow on windows draw
stick figures on glass
blow on windows draw
houses, balloons and
cats…
I wait inside the car,
cover my legs with your
old navy blanket, rest
my head on a padded
armrest – closed my
eyes

and I wait inside the
car – falling asleep –
listening to a bell held
by a half-smiling lady
near double doors –
opposite the cemetery
where you were laid
to rest.

Nancy Denofio

4 Comments
  1. Avatar of Candice James
    Candice James says

    I love this poem. Wonderfully written and extremely poignant!

  2. Avatar of Nancy Duci Denofio
    Nancy Duci Denofio says

    Candice, as you have known I was out of site for awhile due to work and other things which involved life. I am so pleased you enjoyed this, and hopefully you had a chance to see others, read them… and love Angie’s Diary too.

    Sincerely, Nancy

  3. Avatar of John Roche
    John Roche says

    Great details. Brings us right inside!

  4. Avatar of Nancy Duci Denofio
    Nancy Duci Denofio says

    Thanks John – yes, I can feel everything as if I were there tonight. Memory is a powerful thing, and detail is even more so. Can’t wait to see you in August at the Cafe, I here you are teaching somewhere locally? Is this correct. That would be great, let me know. See you then, and thanks for reading my work – your comments are special. Nancy

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