NEW YORK SENIOR POETS HONOR SCROLL
Vincent J. Tomeo

POETRY READING III


I waited for the cymbals to crash
The audience to applaud
The curtains to open

Only three people showed up
Two old ladies who couldn't hear well
One janitor who sat with mop and pail

I listened I read I wondered
Where is the massive audience
To hear what a poet has to say

I read to my audience
As if there were a thousand people present


Vincent J. Tomeo
Flushing, New York
VINCENT J. TOMEO, 62, Flushing, New York, teacher of social studies, is a widely published award-winning poet who discovered his gift for poetry after experiencing temporary blindness a few years ago. The Poetry-as-Therapy path led him to winning several Senior Poet Laureate awards. He is a Gemini.