Mary Wemple

Mary Wemple is the creator and coordinator of Words & Art, a reading series of poetry and prose inspired by the art at Rice University Art Gallery.  She also leads the critique group, Poets in the Loop.  Previous publications include Spikey Palm and Houston Poetry Fest Anthology 2005 and 2009.





Death in the Lunch Room


The TV in the lunch room

finally died.
Larry from the print shop
can’t revive it anymore
no matter how much he slaps it.
It stopped responding
and sits there quietly reflecting
the windows and the traffic outside.
It used to chatter 
to the microwave about
current events, fashion, celebrities.
But the microwave only wanted
to talk about hunger, lines of waiting,
and the ways food could explode.
“The world isn’t all about lunch,” said the TV
in its final days.
The microwave only hummed
as it turned things around inside
and patiently counted backwards.
Mary Wemple






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