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I Am Still Waiting
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Eve Robillard


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For James Mason to come to me,
biting his pipe and taking me in his arms,
comforting me with that wonderful voice of his,
 
assuring me my evil stepmother will never beat me again,
and the awful headmaster will never have his way with me.  I am
still waiting for Shane to return to the boy calling his name
 
through the echoing hills, still waiting for Dorothy's Someday,
for Scarlett's perfect tomorrow.  Though anyone with eyes
can see that Scarlett doesn't have a clue, will never
 
have a clue, no matter how many sequels she gets.
And Dorothy's stuck in Kansas, and the boy calls and calls.
I wake in the morning, not next to James Mason,
 
but with you--warm and golden and real as the
sunshine.  And mine.  Almost definitely mine.

 

From Everything Happens Twice (Parallel Press, 2002)
Used with the author's permission.

 

 

 

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Eve Robillard lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and writes for both children and adults. A former librarian, she is the author of three poetry chapbooks and two of her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writers Almanac.  Besides writing and reading and storytelling, Eve enjoys watercolor painting. Learn more about her at www.everobillard.com.

  

 


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Ross Kightly:
... oh and this is 'almost definitely' a most lovely poem!
Posted 07/18/2014 01:01 AM
Ross Kightly:
James Mason... born in the Yorkshire town next to where I live now, but sounding like no other Huddersfield native I have heard! And no, I shall not allow the film reference to bother me. I shall spend no more time with IMDB etc. etc. etc. Nor shall I wait any longer for the Ghostly Presence of Betty Jean Perske to come to her senses....
Posted 07/18/2014 12:59 AM
mimi:
excellent!
Posted 07/17/2014 08:30 PM
Jo:
Love this poem.
Posted 07/17/2014 02:41 PM
Cindy:
The ending is perfect.
Posted 07/17/2014 09:22 AM
TheSilverOne:
Yes, James Mason! A class act to dream about. Enjoyed this poem.
Posted 07/17/2014 09:12 AM
jeanie:
yes. love. love love love.
Posted 07/17/2014 09:12 AM
lizzard:
Love this poem.....but now I am obsessed by the James Mason reference.....?
Posted 07/17/2014 08:24 AM
paradea:
"Elvis has left the building", but I love this poem!!
Posted 07/17/2014 07:22 AM
erinsnana:
I LOVE this poem!
Posted 07/17/2014 05:49 AM
vscholtz:
Wonderful sentiments. I've always waited for Jimmy Stewart, but no luck so far.
Posted 07/17/2014 05:35 AM
phebe.davidson@gmail.com:
Me too! I love this poem.
Posted 07/17/2014 05:35 AM


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