Melva, At DMV

Greetings, Friends ~

While waiting at DMV some years ago, I noticed a woman waiting to be called to the counter. Her very presence told a story, so I wrote a poem about her for a 2002 Writer’s Market short poetry contest. Here it is.

Be Well,


Melva at DMV

Across the room
she sits, reading
brown pages tattered
dying text

Dime store shoes soil the carpet
nervously, she shifts
Cigarettes visible
a thin shirt pocket

One ring evidenced
happier times
face flush
unmistakably, liquor

Unnoticed by others
I study her
until, “Melva”?
a second call

Closing her book, she rises
smooth as habit
sadness lifts itself
and quietly follows.

Copyright 2002, Jana Brock. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

About Jana Brock

We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.
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2 Responses to Melva, At DMV

  1. G.M. Curtis says:

    Love it! Yes! A story is revealed by careful observation.

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