15-Minute Wait for the Results MAG

By Emily Broderick, New Market, MD

Skinny bird legs lying next to mine.
The one rubbing my thigh is tapping
up and down and up and down
because you are nervous about something.
Your finger, the one with the big red plastic ring,
is tapping on the peeling dark veneer rhythmically.
Tap-a-tap-a-tap-tap-tap-tap-a-tap
Your other hand is so clammy.
Like a turtleneck on a hot day,
like a wet turtleneck on a humid day.
The salmon-colored plastic sticks to my upper arm
in the small space between us on this love seat,
peeling away from my skin when I shift
with a sticky sound. Ouch.
There’s a rip, all jagged with
school bus-colored foam poking out.
Your nails are digging in,
as short as they are.
You are so afraid.
My nails are digging into your hand as well –
I can see the red-lined moons standing out plain as sight.
What was that old saying?
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight?
Or was it take warning?
Does a moon make the night red?
I ask you out loud, you laugh,
this queer little laugh
that isn’t a laugh at all.
Not really.
And you say it’s the first.
So we should delight and dance together like
we were doing just last week under that
tacky disco ball.
The door opens with a creak that reminds me
of an old haunted house. It’s all meant to scare.
The doctor walks in – shuffles really – lab coat knocking against his knees.
He’s kind-looking and old. Like a grandfather. Or uncle. Or something.
He moves past us.
Sits at his desk.
Pulls on his glasses – his eyes look so big.
Pulls out a manila folder.
Opens it.
Turns the page. Again. Again.
Licks his lips.
Takes glasses off – his eyes are small once more.
His chin rests on his folded hands.
Pensive.
“The test was positive.”
Your grip tightens, my grip tightens.
Many red moons across our hands.



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on Jan. 18 2012 at 8:16 pm
the-air-unbidden BRONZE, New Market, Maryland
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this is amazing. I live in New Market, too!

on Dec. 27 2011 at 3:59 pm
Stormy9890 BRONZE, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Me too....but I really don't know. Maybe it was something bad...I hope it wasn't.

on Dec. 5 2011 at 3:14 pm
I stil dont understand it.

james14 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 5 2011 at 2:14 pm
james14 BRONZE, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Worst excuse for not turning in homework: 'I couldn't find anyone to copy it from'".

This was a very good poem! I loved it so much!!! You deserve a gold star!

on Dec. 5 2011 at 10:34 am
MarissaWhitecloud SILVER, Oskaloosa, Iowa
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I didn't get this at first but when I did I realized how it all comes together. I loved it.

SHAKEMIA said...
on Dec. 5 2011 at 8:21 am
YEA I THINK I WILL TO

on Dec. 5 2011 at 8:21 am
redinromero123, Clinton, North Carolina
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hey baby

RKL0937 said...
on Dec. 5 2011 at 7:38 am
I love the mystery of this poem! Its fabulous!

Lletya BRONZE said...
on Nov. 13 2011 at 8:15 pm
Lletya BRONZE, Aurora, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
All we ever wanted you to be, is to be yourself! If everyone leaves the show that night feeling better about themselves, then we did our job. Its a social experiment, slash art project. We're trying to change the world and help alot of people. MCR

I want to think its a pregnancy test, or maybe cancer or something. I'm not sure, but I wanna say pregnancy test.

on Nov. 13 2011 at 7:50 pm
Tink1350 BRONZE, Medford, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Worries are like weights and weights keep you down, so let go of your worries and fly,"

What is this about? I really would like to know. but its very good.

irishlass317 said...
on Nov. 13 2011 at 1:49 pm
irishlass317, Jefferson City, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"I asked Jesus 'How much do you love me?' He answered 'This much.' And He streched out His arms and died."

this is great!!!! :D

on Nov. 13 2011 at 1:21 pm
clumsyteardropper SILVER, Roslyn, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"You can't help others, if you yourself need help" -my sister ;) love it!

ahhhhh!!!!!!!!!  O.O  positive!?  grip tighten?!  what happened?!!?  what's going on!???!!!  haha this was super duper awesome!  i am so favoriting this :)  amazing work!

on Nov. 13 2011 at 10:37 am
COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lydia B. said...
on Nov. 13 2011 at 10:02 am
I can't find your short story.

Lydia B. said...
on Nov. 13 2011 at 9:56 am
Wow that's such a good idea. I will do that right now.

on Oct. 22 2011 at 11:58 am
SophieG. SILVER, St. Davids, Pennsylvania
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loved it! Check out my work! :)

on Sep. 30 2011 at 8:57 pm
Regs_the_Shorty GOLD, Frankfort, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
There are people who finish what they start and.....

Loved it

 


on Sep. 30 2011 at 7:21 pm
PurpleFeather BRONZE, Canton, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"The pen is mightier than the sword." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Fantastic! My body literally tesned up as I read this. I want to know who was being tested and for what!!! And who is the person sittign with the main character? Arrrgh! So many questions!

on Sep. 30 2011 at 5:58 pm
zadiekatie23 PLATINUM, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

This was indeed suspenseful, and very lyrical how it was written much like a free verse poem. It held me until the end. Great work!

on Sep. 8 2011 at 10:30 pm

This work is quite the quintessence of the anticipations of sitting in the waiting room as one tarries for news such as this.

I am starting a game called Big Words. If you would like to get your work out to everyone, this is a wonderful game to play. To play you start by reading my short story called "Purple-face Tom". Next, you post a comment and use a fancy word in it (just bold the fancy word.) If you do this, I will read at least 3 of your works, post a comment and restart the cycle for others to play too.



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