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If I could be anywhere but here on a Friday

by Sandy M. Humphrey

walking along the hiking trail
that parallels Lake Hefner
with Sadie Dog sniffing every pole
along the path and giving cyclists
the eye just enough to make them nervous
thinking will she or won't she
she won't but she likes to think she might

at corner table in Barnes and Noble
with books stacked tall in front of me
some I will purchase but one I might just
devour along with a chai tea and cheesecake
time not an issue conversation unnecessary
I might just become part of the scenery
with no one noticing until Closing Time

The Movies with butter popcorn and Icee
in hand and large screen and THX
getting lost in a chick flick or epic
for couple of hours would not be bad
lunch and a movie even better
if one is making it good reason not
to be here that is

Bricktown canal at letÂ’s say
Chelinos or Zios where the food is
good but the drink menu even better
clouds could roll by in the sky
as I sipped on margaritas
kissed this week goodbye

of course I could say Paris
or a tropical beach with the waves
lapping at my feet that is always
a given but not a realistic possibility
considering I am liable to just up
and choose to be anywhere but here
on a Friday any minute now

care to join me


Posted on 05/02/2008
Copyright © 2020 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 05/02/08 at 08:40 PM

I love this! How many of escape every chance we get. The mind drifts and I'm gone to anywhere but here. We have so much difficulty dealing with here. Nice write! (I've spent so much time in B & N they began to think I worked there.)

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 05/02/08 at 08:59 PM

Sometimes life seems just one big case of "the grass always being greener"....love the details here. And I'm dreaming today, too. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Faraday on 05/06/08 at 03:06 PM

well said and all that jazz! cheers, m

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 05/06/08 at 06:44 PM

Sounds like it would be fun to join you. Well done Sandy......CharMin

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 05/08/08 at 09:34 PM

I am on my way...(!) Way cool title and it keeps its promise to intrigue me. ~ Jill

Posted by Ann Krischus on 05/09/08 at 01:06 PM

i'm just getting back in touch with everything here at Pathetic. your poem has a voice that is unique and creates a great assortment of images for the reader. i'm adding this one to my favorites and adding you to my friends. :) have a good day!

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 05/11/08 at 04:11 PM

...sandy, take a bow for this one, couldn't take me eyes up from the page til i swallowed each word, this walks tall and the ending[last 4 lines beginning w/ 'considering...lady, i grinned big and like a broken record, i just kept reading those last four...and kept getting in the seat next to you...lovely write, charlie

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 05/12/08 at 11:55 PM

Sandy, you've outdone yourself! This a pleasant and amusing ramble that has the reader nodding in agreement all the way through. Who amongst us hasn't daydreamed about where we'd rather be than work on a Friday? You do it with a casual, confiding tone that draws the reader right in. Well done! d:-)

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 05/13/08 at 04:12 AM

I can so relate to this piece. Here in Basel, I get lost in thought at each sidewalk cafe. Sitting in the sun, sipping on an espresso and eating a pastry. Anywhere but here comes to mind, but for now I am basking in the "here". Excellent write Sandy.

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 05/15/08 at 12:05 PM

oh yeah...been there on the trail with Teddy my pomeranian..and lost in the stacks at Barnes and Noble...i empathize greatly, Sandy!

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 05/19/08 at 06:50 PM

that sounds fantastic, i would join you any friday or any other day of the week for that matter.

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