The Waiting Room

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The Waiting Room

Postby Firebird » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:37 am

It's 7pm
and in a full waiting room,
two vagrants shelter
from the ice cold air.
In the silence, a clip, clip ...
one biting
his nails.
They don't acknowledge
one another
or anyone else.
Maybe because
they feel less
conspicuous this way;
wanting to believe
for a while
that they too
have a direction,
a place to go.
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Re: The Waiting Room

Postby fortytwo » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:05 pm

This to me is a foundation for a story rather than much of a story in itself. For some reason when I saw the title I thought of a doctors waiting room but the ending suggests transport. The tension of them sensing they are outsiders living on something of a knife edge comes over nicely. I am sure many of us can relate to the situation you describe which unfortunately, in terms of vagrancy, is a rapidly increasing factor in UK society.
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Re: The Waiting Room

Postby Antcliff » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:53 pm

Greetings!

All these very short line breaks make it seem slightly padded out imho. How about...

It's 7pm

as the title...since you immediately mention t he room anyway? And then fewer breaks...

and in a full waiting room,
two vagrants shelter
from the ice cold air.
In the silence, a clip, clip ...
one biting his nails.
They don't acknowledge
one another or anyone else.
Maybe because they feel less
conspicuous this way;
wanting to believe
for a while that they too
have a direction,a place to go.


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We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
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Re: The Waiting Room

Postby NotQuiteSure » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:04 pm

     
Tristan
Similar reservations to fortytwo, I'm afraid.
The term 'vagrant' seems more a label than a description.
'ice cold' is rather bland.
'Silence' in a full waiting room seems unlikely.
Can't connect the (rather weak) final two lines
with the title, which to me also suggests a 'surgery'
of some sort. Is it a Station Waiting Room?

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Re: The Waiting Room

Postby ray miller » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:40 am

Can you hear the clip, clip of a person biting their nails? I'd have thought it unlikely, but I shall listen out in future.
Firebird wrote:It's 7pm
and in a full waiting room,
two vagrants shelter
from the ice cold air.
In the silence, a clip, clip ...
one biting
his nails.
They don't acknowledge
one another
or anyone else.
Maybe because - you don't need "because"
they feel less
conspicuous this way;
wanting to believe
for a while - I'd cut this line
that they too
have a direction, - I'd cut "a direction"
a place to go.
I'm out of faith and in my cups
I contemplate such bitter stuff.
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Re: The Waiting Room

Postby Macavity » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:36 am

hi Tristan,
Enjoyed the read. A number of details that hooked this reader: the title; the precision of time; speculation of why a full room; speculation of what they are waiting for; the silence in contrast to the fullness; the nails.

Of course, the reasons for waiting can be different. If the reader were to make an assumption, based on the time/direction/place, that this a waiting room in a railway station; then, the vagrant situation, escaping the weather, is emphasized - they are inside, but still on the outside of society. I like the fact that the vagrants seek anonymity in the 'crowd', though the silence may well be a product of their presence and the nail biting actually draws attention. Difference is emphasized.

My experience of the silent, but full, waiting room is the dentist...except for that sound of the drilling :)

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