What Would We Do Without Cheetahs - Claire Scott

Cheetahs can cover 23 feet in a single stride – Smithsonian Institution

I miss you most when you are here
scarfing the last blueberry bagel
scattering crumbs on the counter, blaring
the Warriors while swigging your fifth Corona

When you are off at work or out playing poker
my imagination runs free as a pack of cheetahs
chasing down impalas, gazelles and lavish illusions
on the grassy savannahs of the Serengeti

For sure you will bring a bouquet of blue roses
and suggest a white tablecloth dinner at A Cote
or a second honeymoon in Bangkok
touring temples where Buddhists pray for peace

And here you come with a cursory hi
a peck on the cheek and then disappear into the den
waiting for dinner to miraculously appear
pushing my coq au vin around your plate

I retreat to my fantasy world
where the cheetahs are off and running
where you lavish praise on the tasteless chicken
and I fall in love again

Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2013 and 2014).  She was a semi-finalist for both the 2014 Pangaea Prize and the 2014 Atlantis Award. Her first book of poetry, Waiting to be Called, was recently published by IF SF Publishing.  Claire is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Berkeley, CA.  She lives with her husband in Oakland, CA and has two children, two children by marriage and five grandchildren.  All of which keep her wonderfully busy!