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    Dewell H. Byrd

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    Location : Central Point, OR


    Post  Dewell H. Byrd on Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:05 pm


    Looking for a better title.  Also not sure I need last stanza.

    clutches her long coat
    collar turned up
    head down

    takes a seat
    back booth
    facing the door

    "Just coffee."

    watches door
    wall clock

    stirs slowly

    "I'll be there by eight
    if I can get away."

    stirs 830 refill
    spoons sugar

    grains spill
    like snow

    "Chocolate cake,
    Rocky Road, please."

        -Dewell H Byrd

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    Quick observation

    Post  tsukany on Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:41 am


    I want to read this again and comment, but I loved my first read experience.  Such suspense.  The title sets me up, I think. 

    My suggestion:  replace the chocolate cake with "Ice Cream."  I think you get more impact and I think of rocky road as ice cream.

    My second read:  what if 8:30 becomes 7:30?  I read the time as "earlier" my first read.  Then the ice cream becomes an indicator of the future (as well as commentary on the dramatic situation).

    Third read:  what if you lose the gender of line one?



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    Re: rendezvous

    Post  Karen on Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:33 am

    Todd nailed it:  ice cream, earlier time, lose the gender.

    Maybe lose all the connective tissue except that in the quotes?  I want a bit of a rework in grains spill like snow stanza.  Not so much the image, but a different way to convey it.

    And of course, I love the skinny form. 

    Please KEEP the title and the last stanza!


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    a mystery!

    Post  Pat on Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:01 pm

    cloak and dagger wants ice cream.
    I use to watch lots of mysteries on TV. . . . reminds me.  (no T V anymore)  : )  
    Makes me think of Dragnet.  Dum ta dum!   : )  I think Karen and Todd covered it.  
    Skinny is good.  Dum ta dum!

    Dewell H. Byrd

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    Post  Dewell H. Byrd on Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:51 pm

    Thanks for your helpful suggestions.
    I am rewriting genderless
    adding ice cream to Rocky Road
    hoping to show persona consoling self after failed meeting.

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