Janet McCann

Thank You, But Let’s Meet Earlier

Breakfast would be better
than lunchno Scotch,
no wary posturing,
and the morning opening over the plates
in lemon light
and the waitress content, pouring, because
she’s dropped her children at school
and her feet don’t hurt yet,
coffee fresh and dark
and around the third cup we find
we’ve left our files in the car, oh well
the plates are white again
but for a few crumbs, a smear of egg–
business, maybe, next time.


Janet McCann, an old Texas poet who has been teaching at Texas A&M since 1968.