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Richard Allen Taylor


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is grossly underrated, glad to be here, eager to get going.
Unlike Monday, it doesn’t care that the weekend is over

or that it was not designated a national holiday.
Tuesday is morning news and handy tool, the good dog

that comes when you call, the horse saddled
and ready to ride. It’s different from Wednesday,

which wants to be Friday, or Thursday, already dreaming
about the weekend. It’s the second pot of coffee,

fresher than the first, the ball already rolling. It’s not at all
like Friday, watching the clock, making dinner reservations.

You seldom find Tuesday hanging out in bars, unless it’s on a business trip
and has nothing better to do. If it stays out late, it knows

Wednesday will complain. Tuesday is a go-getter,
the kind of day everyone wants on their team. It almost never

gets invited to weddings or parties (except Mardi Gras) but more
than its share of funerals and insurance seminars. Tuesday works

more but has less time off than almost any other day. Even when
it goes on vacation, it has to tag along with Saturday

and Sunday and the rest of the family, who have already planned
the trip and scheduled the activities, usually without asking

Tuesday’s opinion. Tuesday is bells ringing, whistles blowing,
the fire engine leaving the station, not the most popular

day of the week, but the kind you might pick
as a business partner, the day most likely to succeed.


From Something to Read on the Plane (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2004).
This poem first appeared in The Powhatan Review (Fall 2003).

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Richard Allen Taylor lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a Regional Human Resources Manager for a retail automotive dealership group. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Taylor, having no idea he might someday want to be a poet, passed up an opportunity to double major in psychology and English because he did not care to enroll in the two semesters of poetry required for the English degree. After dabbling in poetry in his late 20s and early 30s, he abandoned poetry completely until, encouraged by friends, he picked up the pen again in his 50s. His first poems were published in 2002. Since then, his poetry has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and he has two books to his credit.

 


Post New Comment:
NYW1964:
Found your poem, thanks to Alice Osborn's post on Facebook. Delightful!
Posted 01/31/2013 11:45 PM
karenholcombe:
Hey Richard...you are my Tuesday! Steady and always there! Love Karen (lifelong friend!)
Posted 04/08/2012 05:05 PM
CamilleBalla:
I love this delightful poem! You have put it all together about Tuesday. Yes, the day most likely to succeed! Thank you.
Posted 04/05/2012 08:07 AM
marenomitchell:
Tuesday can wear you out, but give such satisfaction! What fun!
Posted 04/04/2012 03:14 PM
rcstewart3:
I especially like your form: two lines moving the work ahead at a "clip," words held over to a new stanza. Yes, I like the rest, too, and form adds to its appeal!
Posted 04/03/2012 02:09 PM
LindaCrosfield:
So much wisdom couched in so much fun. Thanks, Richard.
Posted 04/03/2012 11:46 AM
KevinArnold:
So Tuesday's not just that filler between Monday and Wednesday. Fun. I'm off to my chores . . .
Posted 04/03/2012 10:09 AM
nancy scott:
Love it. I was born a Tuesday's child.
Posted 04/03/2012 09:11 AM
mimi:
absolutely right on!
Posted 04/03/2012 08:01 AM
mimi:
absolutely right on!
Posted 04/03/2012 08:01 AM
jeanie:
such a good poem! thank you.
Posted 04/03/2012 07:55 AM
69Dorcas:
I guess I do not often ponder all the benefits of Tues. I'll be more cognizant from now on. Thanks.
Posted 04/03/2012 07:33 AM
karenpaulholmes:
just love this delightful poem. I am smiling.
Posted 04/03/2012 07:15 AM
r1manchester:
xcellent!
Posted 04/03/2012 06:18 AM


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