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Cocktail Hour
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Cocktail hour patrons
witnessing so much adventure
glamour and excitement
from TV and newspapers
feeling strongly this way and that
wanting only what others get out of life

Cocktail hour patrons
return home to Mary Spencer catalogues
particles of articles
glued inside wish-books and aspire boards
clean and perfect children
Lysol scented kitchens with huge shiny floors await them

This patron, a woman
trained to please others
waits on the arrival of yet another man
Perhaps this one
will help her raise her children
Perhaps this one
will help her lose some weight
Perhaps this one
will help her stop drinking
Time is passing
her dreams moving further out of reach
Disappointed, she has another drink
because things just aren’t turning out right today.

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