I overheard their banter
as they talked above my head
neither seemed to notice
when I said Please pass the bread.
Sandwiched in between them
I ate and drank and chewed
while they went about their business
discoursing dude to dude.
I dodged their squirty essess
that left traces with their spew
as they sprayed the space above me
with every word they knew.
I made a sucking teeth sound
with a vengeance cleared my throat
leaned back and reached behind me
to grab my crumby coat.
The chair slipped out from under
I slid onto the floor
thought they stood to help me
but instead went back for more.
I mustered up my dignity
crawled back upon my seat
while they loaded up their platters
and returned to yack and eat.
I said Oh please excuse me
for the deviled-eggs all smushed
for bacon crushed to smithereens
for landing on my tush.
Neither dude responded
mayo curdled in my locks
plucked chunks of kosher pickles
from inside my juicy socks.
Perhaps they didn’t see me
'neath the desiccated air
that sucked up my existence
and all my silver hair.