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Janet Charman

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the lecture on Maya Angelou

the wimmin met outside theatre corporate
they unrolled their bedrolls
lit their primus stoves
boiled their coffee

they were queuing
to see the production
of a midsummer night’s
it was 2am
they waited 18 hours
patiently    cheerfully
someone was telling
a wicked story about her stepfather

when the box office opened
one of them could tap dance    among bullets
somebody got drunk and was sick
somebody fell in love    comes to the same thing

when they got in
the play was boring
the seats were uncomfortable

they waited too long

© Janet Charman

Last updated 11 May 2001