What does the
road warrior want,
having that last
cup of coffee
in the hotel dining room
before it’s off
to the sales call,
interview, presentation,
smiling participation
in the workshop,
meeting with the boss
in another city,
near the end
of the week—
catching the plane home,
catching her breath,
reading a book,
summarizing a report?
Then one day
may come the moment—
Let this be me!

–Allan Cox