Friday, October 19, 2018

She Before Me

(Soft Eggs and Toast)

Photograph by Dianne Woods

The counter seats of most restaurants 
are full of men 
who have no one at home
to cook their soft eggs and toast.

These elderly gents
leave the house wearing their
favorite baseball cap and 
“World's Best Grandpa” sweatshirt

and take their place at the counter
with their friends from the neighborhood 
who have unwillingly joined the
“She Left Before Me” Club

though some 
silently refer to it 
as the 
“I Was Supposed to Go First” Club

and though they boast bravely 
of their willingness to be done with it all
happy once again
when reunited with their love

they do their best 
to hide their fear 
on days when their destiny 
overwhelms them

with news of 
an opening in the club
and a place 
at the counter.

Ken Owen    Van Niddy Press 
October 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Flight Attendant

is beautiful 
but seems

She has not smiled 
since I’ve boarded the plane 
and I’m not taking that personally.

It looked like she took great exception
to having to parade down the aisle
during the safety demonstration 
as part of her duties

but I enjoyed her parade
very much.

It is 6:00a.m.
perhaps expecting anyone to smile now
while teaching the public 
how to use a seat belt
is asking a bit much.

As a young girl
when she realized 
she wanted to travel the globe
seeing all the great cities of the world

I’m guessing she never imagined 
that teaching uninterested passengers 
how to use a floatation device
would be part of the deal.

Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press
September 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Like You

In a moment of panic
I found myself
desperately searching 
for the book you gave me

I could see it 
in my mind

a small black book of 
by Kenneth Rexroth

and I was sure 
you had written in it

but when I finally 
found it
there was no 

It must have been in 
the note I didn’t keep
that came with 
your present 

I realized then
I went looking 
for your hand
but it wasn’t there

and this would be 
the first of
many times
this would happen
from now on.


          I cherish your gift,
       a little book of haiku 
        filled with art, like you.

-for Marlene 

Ken Owen   October 2018
Van Niddy Press