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ode to a waitress
by robert a. melos
4.18.04
writing

Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, French fries, rice.
Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, French fries, rice.
Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, French fries, rice.

Whaddya want?
What’ll you have?
What’ll it be?
Those are the questions the waitress asks me.

No argument, no philosophical debate.
She just wants to know what I want on my plate.

If only life could always be so matter-o-fact.
Instead of everything being so out of whack.

Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, French fries, rice.
Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, French fries, rice.
Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, French fries, rice.

She chants the mantra of the side dish.
Her desire is to fulfill my epicurean wish.

Soup or salad? Coffee or tea?
More questions she asks of me.
My heart knows the answers.
My mind knows what I like.

If only all decisions were so easily made.
If only everyone’s desires could be so easily conveyed.
But alas the world is not a diner.
And I don’t want to come across as a whiner.

Things are not always as they seem.
Sometimes the main course comes smothered in cream.
Sometimes the mashed potatoes are mixed with chives.
But these things barely affect our lives.

Chicken Noodle, Cream of Celery, or Matzo Ball.
These choices won’t make a nation fall.
Ranch, Creamy Italian, Russian or Blue Cheese.
There are no hidden agendas amongst these.

It can be all so easy, if you’ll let it.
Life doesn’t have to be affected by every nitwit.

Just place your order, and it’ll all be fine.
A simple moment of peace in which to dine.


ABOUT ROBERT A. MELOS

Robert is the author of the novels Cool Mint Blue, Melba Ridge, and the recently released The Adventures of Homosexual Man and Lesbian Lad; and the creator of the on-line comix Impure Thoughts found at his web site Inside R.A. Melos, as well as having been an on-line staff writer for QBliss where he had a monthly humor column, Maybe A Yip, Maybe A Yap. In his non-writing time, when he's not studying the metaphysical or creating a tarot deck, he sells real estate in Middlesex County New Jersey, hangs out with his dog Zeus, and spends time at the Pride Center of New Jersey in Highland Park, NJ, where he is on the Board of Trustees.

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COMMENTS

kalena miller
4.19.04 @ 3:16a

I loved your poem, Robert. A light-hearted read with a point, so wonderful, so wonderful!

"If only all decisions were so easily made.
If only everyone’s desires could be so easily conveyed.
But alas the world is not a diner."

I loved this part, it captured the essence of the whole piece...

Thanks for the humor and great read.


robert melos
4.19.04 @ 5:18p

You are most graciously welcome.



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