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spacer.gif   American Open Mike Volume 2: Cindy Bendel
Posted by : cj on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 04:20 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Cindy Bendel **


Singing in the Rain, Since You've Been Gone, Somewhere Over the Rainbow...and other tunes

It happened again this morning
The sunshine pierced through the window
Waking me to a new day and before I could think of breakfast
You went dancing shoeless like Fred Astaire
Across the newly polished dance floor of my mind
All I could do was pick up a damn tap shoe
Heaved it full force toward you
Smug now, I felt a little better and put on my own
Dancing shoes, the ones with the spiked heels
My power shoes, Ginger lent them to me

Just when I thought I had put it all to rest
It happened again

I was at the mall shopping
My favorite form of therapy
I entered the Hallmark store looking for
A sympathy card
And as I passed them, I thought I heard a snicker
Murmurings, whispering, even a slight bit of pity
On the face of a few
It became even more awkward
When I passed the 'For the One I Love' section
I nearly broke into tears when I saw that one
Boldly printed against a background of hearts and flowers
You Shall Always Be Mine
A sick feeling overwhelmed me
I ran from them all, out of the store teary-eyed
Thinking of all the ones you had given me
Sent through emails, the ones with music
Your favorite songs still play endlessly
The repeat button of my mind insisting they be played
Again and again
And again

Ok I admit it, I was a little undone
Here I was convinced I had moved on
Shoe shopping would have suited me better
Maybe I should of tried on a pair of ruby slippers
Clicked my heels, repeat ‘there's no place like home’

Anyway......
I ran out to my car, opened the door, got in
Turned the key and put my head on the steering wheel
Just my luck!
So what do you think happens now?
The radio (only on xm)
It was playing that Josh Groban song
You Raise Me Up ?
But all it did was bring me down

Those power shoes, they aren’t working now
It keeps happening more then you know
I sigh, wondering when you will cease to occupy
So much space and
Quit following me around shoeless


Opted Out

you

floated stealth like

into my world

landing gently

upon this broken soil

quickly you came to be

the one bosom of repose

I should know as safe

then abruptly you vanished

like radar on the screen

leaving only the blip

of after thought

for me

to sit

in this questioned state

and bleed within


Cindy Bendel says: "Chicagopoetry.com has greatly boosted my personal confidence in an amazing way! I hope to submit the body of my work to a publisher in the near future."


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