It's Friday 3 pm and the meeting
Is winding down.
The lecture halls are down to a bare quorum
Just one or two per row
And no one in the rear.
The schedule, too
Has many bare spots
Where speakers never came.
Are being knocked down and repacked
While books are sold for half their price; it's cheaper
Then to ship them home again.
The message boards are filled with notes of meetings
Which took place night before the last
And urgent messages posted up on Monday
For Dr. so-and-so, who did not claim them
By nightfall they will all be in the trash.
The staff of the hotel, who until now
Stayed on the sidelines, not to intrude or disturb
Now trundle props across the carpet floor
For the convention set to follow:
Independent rock and roll record producers.
Paper cups empty of beer roll in the corners
Abandoned newspapers cover empty seats
Last good-byes and yes, last papers
Some are surprisingly good, but no matter
They play to a near-empty house
And there is hardly a question, when ever so many
Still have to catch a late plane to the West.
That's how he last hours pass
Until the time comes for
The last slide, and
The last words
And it's all
Philadelphia, 4 June 1982
Author and Curator: Dr. David P. Stern
Mail to Dr.Stern: david("at" symbol)phy6.org .
Last updated 13 July 2011