Scenes from a Waiting Room

This poem explores the saying Carpe Diem (“seize the day.”)

No Carpe Diem on the carpet

Figures of children on the dull floor

No one’s really sure

Why the young mother doesn’t lift her eyes

From her Instagram

To look at her kids for a chosen


The others turn up their music

To drown out the noise


Next to me

A parody of what she shouldn’t be

The Fault in her Stars runs so deep

Through cynicism she can hardly see

Picks at fabric on the blue chair

Until her surroundings are threadbare

The waiting room seethes with half truths

And hashtags

Background noise on the battleground

The resounding lack of sound

Where we wait, we’ve always been

All of us are in the gutter, but most of us are looking at our screens