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Waiting Tables in Reno

Poem by Doug Draime

40 years ago,
she left him
while he was
getting his
leg blown off
in ’Nam.

here she was,
waiting tables
in Reno — not even
recognizing him —
after she almost
fell over his
prosthetic leg.

“Keep your legs
under the table, sir.
I could’ve fallen and
broken something.”

DOUG DRAIME passed away on February 17, 2015. He was a poet, short-story writer, and playwright in Los Angeles beginning in the 1960s and was the author of More Than the Alley, Los Angeles Terminal: Poems 1971–1980, Rock ’n’ Roll Jizz, and Speed of Light. This piece was the fourth place winner of the 2013 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry.



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