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At the Mahogany Table
Joe Sottile


I am retired now, and I have time,
Time to rise late and go to bed late

I cherish the luxury of listening to Charlie
interview people from all walks of life.

How easy it is for me to admire this Rose
with his good looks and tailored suits.

He knows he has won the job lottery,
talking to famous folks around the world.

But his home court, his uncut diamond is
rotunda in shape, made of Mahogany.

The background is usually pitch-black
and the set is noiseless where he sits,

slightly hunched over with a tired face
he has read their books, seen their movies,

enjoyed their concerts, listened to their politics,
and poked into their being with revealing questions.

He washes away their inner fears and jitters,
taking you and them on a gentle journey

where we discover what makes them tick,
what matters most, and what challenges lie ahead.

Charlie understands, appreciates and explores
their passions, while he cradles to his chest

what makes their lives worth living
and their sojourn so important.

By doing so, our lives become richer and fuller.
We may even daydream about Charlie calling us

"Joe, come sit at my Mahogany table
and share how poetry can save the planet."

© by Joe Sottile.
Used with the authorís permission.

Joe Sottile is a children's poet, performer, and essayist. A former elementary school teacher, he does frequent presentations in schools, libraries, and other venues, and counts classroom workshops and interacting with young poets among the great pleasures of his life. Joe rates the necessity of poetry in our lives right up there with sunshine. Learn more about him here.

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Wilda Morris:
I, too, enjoy Charlie Rose - and wish he would interview Joe Sottile - and a number of other poets!
Posted 04/10/2015 09:30 AM
Thanks, Joe. It's Charlie's loss if he doesn't interview You!
Posted 04/08/2015 11:38 AM
A lovely poem about Chalie Rose after I just finished an hour with Charlie and his nightly guests...A happy coincidence and a wonderful poem...
Posted 04/08/2015 12:16 AM

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