Girl with an Attitude
No one sits near her.
She radiates attitude.
Mouth turned down lips pouting,
arms crossed over an undeveloped chest,
a cup of coffee cooling on the book strewn table.
Lank-haired and pale complexioned
she looks through me
a blank, closed, stare.
with I remember that introspective loner,
the girl who lost herself in books.
I walk on by.
She sits alone
in a bookstore coffee shop
just holding on and holding in
all that should be released.
Maralee Gerke lives and writes in Madras, Oregon. She is and avid reader and gardener. She describes herself as a work in progress. Her poems have been published in Calyx, Exit Thirteen, Moonset, Bathtub Gin, Anthology, Nerve Cowboy, Avocet, and Tigers Eye. She has published two books of poems and has had poetry and prose accepted in several anthologies. Her work can be seen online at Shadow Poetry, Long Story Short, and Moontown Café. She recently recorded 4 poems for the Oregon Poetic Voices Project. They can be heard at oregonpoeticvoices.org One of her poems “Refuge”, was recently selected to be printed as a limited edition broadside by the Penland School of Crafts.