Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I don't like to wait.

Hurry up with that,

Hand it over;

If I get bored,

I might torch this dump


I don't like to wait.

They say the earth is shifting on its axis.

I think I'll get down on all fours,

And shimmy baby.

I could just go about my life

And bide my time til the planet cracks,

But I already told you,

I don't like to wait.

It's been ten minutes

Since I last scratched an itch.

If it ever goes eleven,

I'll turn into such a...





One day I will rot quietly

In my scooter chair

In the hallway.

One day my heart will give it up.

One day I'll find that big love,

But it will only be God;

Then I'll be safe,

Then I'll be straight,

But til then I'm gonna bang the gong

And keep burning on

Because, it's like I told you,

I can't stand the wait.


Sioux said...

Rotting in a scooter chair in the hallway...what an image!

Anonymous said...

Waiting is the hardest part.

Happy Tuesday to you.

Brian Miller said...

keep banging...that gong shay...today is the only day you are guaranteed...itch...itch...itch...

Ami Mattison said...

Yes! Banging the gong and burning! Gotta live before you rot in a scooter. Some fantastic, dynamic inspiration this morning! Thanks!

ellen abbott said...

bang the gong!

TALON said...

The perfect poem of impatience, Shay! :)

Lynn said...

Not the scooter chair!!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this one so much!!!! I am a lot closer to the scooter chair than you are, kiddo, and have been waiting for several million centuries, so I so know the feeling!!! hee hee.

mac said...

I dunno, I have a lot of weight ;-)

When I was in the Army,as a young man, my Drill Instructor said to me, "I know, Mac, when I die, you're gonna piss on my grave"

I told him, "No sir, when I get out of the Army, I'm never waiting in line again"

Helen said...

Ms. Patience is what they call me! I can wait forever .....

Raven said...

You just keep on banging girl, keep on banging! I loathe waiting. I don't have the patience for it. Someone once told me that the reward of patience is...more patience. I think that's a rip. I should get a Lexus or something.

Great poem!!

hedgewitch said...

Better to burn out than it is to rust, as Neil says. We all may be waiting to rot in our scooter chairs, but I agree, it's way better to do as much as possible to distract yourself while you still can than to just freakin sit there.

Kim Nelson said...

So many images, all big and bold and brassy. I like that. And the waiting? I don't do it. When it looks to others as if I am, it it only because they cannot see what I'm really doing. I'm tricky like that. Bang that gong!

Cloudia said...

we survived-

Comfort Spiral



Mama Zen said...

Now, I've got that damned scooter chair commercial stuck in my head!

faye said...

Love this one....
cuz I don't like to
wait either...

Susannah said...

Brilliant, I love it.

Tess Kincaid said...

This piece it just itching for some music!

Raven said...

Yoo-hoo! You have an award at my blog!

Daryl said...

Me either .. so imagine how itchy I am to get the iPad I ordered online too late to get it in the first 5-7 business days I could have ... if I hadnt been SO smart .. not

Steve Isaak said...

Fun, thought-provoking.

Anonymous said...

Sweet. Just found you here. I've been stuck in the doorway with two ways to go - down the long hallway or back in my tiny room.

Thanks for reminding me I can always burst through the roof by adding a souped-up, rocket-powered scooter of my own.


Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

i like the way you work it
you got to bag it up :)