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TheCookieThief

byValerieCox

Awomanwaswaitingatanairportonenight
Withseverallonghoursbeforeherflight
Shehuntedforabookintheairportshop
Boughtabagofcookiesandfoundaplacetodrop
Shewasengrossedinherbookbuthappenedtosee
Thatthemanbesideherasboldascouldbe
Grabbedacookieortwofromthebagbetween
Whichshetriedtoignoretoavoidascene
Shemunchedcookiesandwatchedtheclock
Asthisgutsycookiethiefdiminishedherstock
Shewasgettingmoreirritatedastheminutestickedby
Thinking"IfIwasn'tsoniceI'dblackenhiseye"
Witheachcookieshetookhetookonetoo
Andwhenonlyonewasleftshewonderedwhathe'ddo
Withasmileonhisfaceandanervouslaugh
Hetookthelastcookieandbrokeitinhalf
Heofferedherhalfasheatetheother
Shesnatcheditfromhimandthought"Ohbrother
Thisguyhassomenerveandhe'salsorude
Whyhedidn'tevenshowanygratitude"
Shehadneverknownwhenshehadbeensogalled
Andsighedwithreliefwhenherflightwascalled
Shegatheredherbelongingsandheadedforthegate
Refusingtolookbackatthethievingingrate
Sheboardedtheplaneandsankinherseat
Thensoughtherbookwhichwasalmostcomplete
Asshereachedinherbaggageshegaspedwithsurprise
Therewasherbagofcookiesinfrontofhereyes
"Ifminearehere"shemoanedwithdespair
"Thentheotherswerehisandhetriedtoshare"
"Toolatetoapologizesherealizedwithgrief"
Thatshewastherudeone,theingrate,thethief.