When All Else Fails

When All Else Fails

They’d not been married long
Already he was ignoring her
Every time the football was on the telly
It was as if he acquired sudden onset deafness
She tried standing in front of the telly
He just leant sideways and looked around her
She tried sitting on his lap
“Not now love, I’m watching the footy”
Never one to give up
She dressed in her finest neglige
Added high heels and long gloves
Plugged in her CD player
Put Shirley Bassey’s Hey Big Spender on
Turned up the volume
And sashayed into the TV room
By the time she began to remove the second glove
She had his undivided attention
It was the next day
Before he bothered to check
The football scores

Tricia 5/2014

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(Written in response to Pooky’s Poetry Prompt – Striptease)

About triciabertram

I have written all my life. Writing helps me to make sense of a world I often donโ€™t understand. Poetry is my supreme solace, closely followed by literature and music. When my son ended his life in 1999 I embarked on the most difficult journey of my life, my grief journey. To survive in this unknown, harsh landscape I had to write. It was for me, the only way I could even begin to move forward. Then in 2009 my darling husband died suddenly and so my journey continues. I write about other issues but because of my life experience, grief and death are continuing themes in my writing life. In our culture I believe there is a fear of death, an inability to accept the inevitability of our mortality, and this creates enormous difficulties for the bereaved and those around them. I have begun this blog in the hope I will create a small ripple in the pond of fear that is currently drowning the reality of death and grief. I will continue to skim the stones of my truth, watch them bounce, and see how many ripples I can make.

Posted on May 21, 2014, in Poems. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Absolutely brilliant! I particularly love how it ends. Xxx

  2. Haha! Love it! Such power!! โค๏ธ Xx

  3. He he he! You saucy woman, you!

  4. Pulling out all the stops I see. Nicely written!

  5. Hahaha! This is brilliant, and so believable. The last line had me laughing out loud. Well done.

  6. CC Champagne

    Love it! Playfulness with a serious side to it! Brilliant!

  7. Great take Tricia, very well done and every man knows he has been distracted when its the next day before he thinks about the footy scores.

  8. I can’t wipe the smile off my face! Delightful, Tricia!

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