by Fern G. Z. Carr

It seems like I’m always waiting for:
                                        the waiter to bring my order
                                        being taken off hold
                                        contractors to arrive
                                        the oven to pre-heat
                                        test results
                                        the doctor
                                        a pizza delivery
                                        the light to turn green
                                        water to boil
                                        first place in line
                                        the phone to ring
                                        customer service
                                        a delayed flight
                                        my turn
                                        a lucky break
                                        something better to come along
a time to stop waiting.

IMAGE: “Waiting at Grenelle” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: FERN G. Z. CARR is a lawyer, teacher, and past president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A member of and former Poet-in-Residence for the League of Canadian Poets, she composes and translates poetry in five languages. Carr is a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee and has been cited as a contributor to the Prakalpana literary movement in India. She has been published extensively world-wide from Finland to the Seychelles. Some of her poetry was assigned reading for a West Virginia University College of Law course entitled “Lawyers, Poets, and Poetry.” Canadian honours include: an online feature in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper; poetry set to music by a Juno-nominated musician; and her poem, “I Am.” chosen by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate as Poem of the Month for Canada. One of Carr’s haiku is even included on a DVD currently orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. Visit her at