General Poetry posted January 11, 2020

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Our machine used to dance - lively

Waltzing Machine

by Gail Denham

I spot the red smudge on Frank's collar
first thing Monday. Would there ever be
respite from this continuous round
of that man's liaisons? Once I put all
my trust in this man. Depended on him.

Now there are these trysts he imagines he covers,
but that always slap my face on laundry day.
Lipstick stains, cheap perfume odor, and sweat
aren't the worst blatant clues I find.

I'm so weary of confronting him.

Now, as I scrub at the stain, I muse aloud:
"I could cinch that ugly tie he wears to look
respectable real tight, wring life from his cheating
frame till his once handsome face melts into
the low-life monster image he truly is."

I scrub and plan and smile a little at the vision.
"After that, I'll make lasagna," I say to the washer.
Tired old machine -- the one I bought with my money
before I married the creep -- it now jerks and waltzes.

Perhaps it agrees with my vision, or it's tired
of holding fruit boxes, chairs or sometimes the kids
on top -- anything to keep my machine from dancing
out the door.

I should lace his slice of lasagna with something
interesting. Naw! But sure 'nuff, the kids and I will
be on that bus come Wednesday. I smile and sit
on my machine, this time enjoying a gentle ride.

Emotional Dependency writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a poem about being emotionally dependent on someone or something you love and then how you overcome the ties of that dependency.


Never having had this problem, I do empathize with the women who put up with nonsense - altho I don't recommend lynching or poison. Just leave.
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