Tuesday, December 6, 2011


 Just another Magpie Tale...

I see you there.
You who is doing such a good job of blending.
You who moves among them all, but is the only one taking monumental steps.
I see you.
Eating your baloney sandwich in methodical bites, straining against societal norms.
Earning your place one lunch table at a time.
So this is what breaking the glass ceiling sounds like:
Slurping soup and stirring spoons.
No time for small conversation for you.
There are revolutions to be won.
Don't worry, sweetheart,
their eyes may be in their coffee cups,
but they all see you, too


Dave King said...

There is so much I like in this one - pretty much all of it, come to think...) the reference to the glass ceiling, the baloney sandwich... I could go on, but I think I'd rather go back for another read!

Helen said...

Love, love your focus on the lovely girl with the red hand band.

Carrie Burtt said...

Love the direction this took you Templeton....thought provoking as always! :-)

DCW said...

It's so easy to get caught up in the general atmosphere and forget the individual. You avoided that route. I like your perspective.

susan m hinckley said...

I loved this! Already went back for read #2. So nicely written.

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

You aptly described many of the corporate lunchrooms I had the bad luck to endure. Well done.

dikvipreal said...

Thank you for sharing.

Suz said...

oh this was terrific
especially the way you ended it
good writing...I followed every word

Nicholas V. said...

Well-written poem, a very enjoyable Magpie!

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i like the concept of earning your place at the table one lunch at a time.

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anthony said...

well written poem thanks for shearing .

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Don said...

To me, this speaks of recovery -- from whatever. Sometimes it's the small things we do that help us recover, and by doing so, we are braver. thanks, great piece.

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