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The Cookie Thief – by Valerie Cox

(Thanks to Dr. Wayne Dyer for bringing my attention to this poem in one of his speeches.)

A woman was waiting at an airport one night
With several long hours before her flight
She hunted for a book in the airport shop
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see
That the man beside her as bold as could be
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene
She munched cookies and watched the clock
As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock

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She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by
Thinking “If I wasn’t so nice I’d blacken his eye”
With each cookie she took he took one too
And when only one was left she wondered what he’d do
With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh
He took the last cookie and broke it in half
He offered her half as he ate the other
She snatched it from him and thought “Oh brother
This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude
Why he didn’t even show any gratitude”
She had never known when she had been so galled
And sighed with relief when her flight was called
She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate
Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate
She boarded the plane and sank in her seat
Then sought her book which was almost complete
As she reached in her baggage she gasped with surprise
There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes
“If mine are here” she moaned with despair
“Then the others were his and he tried to share”
“Too late to apologize she realized with grief”
That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief

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August 27, 2009 - Posted by | blog, fiction, humor, non fiction, philosophy, Psychology, writing

3 Comments »

  1. I stumbled through your portal in a rush. The title intrigued me so I read on. Only after I’d done I looked at the fine print and saw it was a poem so I read it again. And again for the third time, surprised that what looked like prose was in fact a poem. Not being a poetry aficionado I am happy to say I enjoyed. I bookmarked the site and hope to see more.

    Respectfully
    MF

    Comment by Mary-Frances | September 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. My site is usually prose but I do have two other poems mentioned in blogs from August. First is “If” by Rudyard Kipling and I mentioned “Invictus” in a blog about Marcus Garvey, none of these poems are by me. I consider poetry the hardest form of writing. I do write songs occasionally, just an amateur, but I won’t be posting those on the blog, until they’re already on air. Glad you enjoyed it MF.

    Comment by heavylogix | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. Exquisite story in a poem…and exquisite humor brings it home!

    Comment by Rachel Lewis | April 26, 2014 | Reply


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