Come 10 O'clock
The bells in the City Hall tower struck
ten times. Empty streets came alive.
One by one they came filtering in.
Alice was ready; three pots of steaming
Faded blue coveralls were the dress
of the day. Everyone looked the same
except for Chuck.
Dressed in blue jeans and a clean shirt,
Chuck had a dentist appointment.
Steam rose from the cups of coffee.
The good old boys had to wait.
Tasting that steaming brew was a good
way to burn your lip.
Conversation was brisk; there were only
two rules. You didn't talk politics or about
another man's wife.
Talking politics turned from lively discussions
into a fight.
They met every day including Saturday, but
not on Sunday when their wives made them
—Mike Berger, North Ogden, UT