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*Warning! Offensive Language Here* You and the Dung Beetle
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:28:43 AM »
This is a version of something I cooked up for the April Poetry thread at MWC. I've considered adding to the poetry board but feel it's lacking. So for now, while I mull it over, I'll put it here and hope I can see it differently to improve upon it.


You and the Dung Beetle

Fate preempted,
first day, new job.
Devastated, we buried my mom’s mom who mothered me.
Death's first low blow, I could hardly breathe.
Convincingly sweet,
 you lied,
"That's okay, not a problem.
My mom died too, I understand.
You'll need time.
Can you come to work the day after the funeral?"

A former co-worker,
my new, 'compassionate' supervisor
a long way from our first jobs,
car hopping at Duke's A&W
before you two married.
Friends warned me,
way back when,
but you seemed okay.
Besides, I don't listen
to mean girl gossip.

I bought your act, suspected nothing, trusted, confided in you.
Like caterpillar frass you threw me off your scent while
bullshit spewed from your mouth
and you collected crap from every orifice.
How was I to know, you were psycho?
 
The difference between you and the dung beetle?
The dung beetle rolls shit for posterity,
your fecal engagement varies.
Random entertainment or a target in your site?
After a mindless fling of your signature brand of BS
are desultory results considered mere formalities of your habitual, flippant lies?
Sickening, you feign innocence.
I imagine you dropkick kittens.


~Deb
« Last Edit: September 17, 2018, 10:58:29 AM by DGSquared »
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A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

Blondesplosion! ~Deb

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Re: *Warning! Offensive Language Here* You and the Dung Beetle
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2018, 11:18:05 AM »
A variation with a few tweeks, by no means finished. I welcome any thoughts. To be fair, I have yet  to give a thorough crit. I'll get to it. I promise.



The Difference Between You and the Dung Beetle

Fate preempted,
first day, new job.
Devastated, we buried my mom’s mom, who mothered me.
Death's low blow, I could hardly breathe.
Convincingly sweet,
 you lied,
"That's okay, not a problem.
My mom died too, I understand.
You'll need time.
Can you come to work the day after the funeral?"

A former co-worker,
my new, compassionate supervisor
a long way from our first jobs,
car-hopping at Duke's A&W.
Friends warned me,
way back when,
but you seemed okay.
Besides, I don't listen
to mean-girl gossip.

I bought your act, suspected nothing, trusted, confided in you.
Like caterpillar frass you threw me off your scent while
bullshit spewed from your mouth,
you collected crap from every orifice,
savored it.
How was I to know, you were psycho?
 
The difference between you and the dung beetle?
The dung beetle rolls shit for posterity,
your fecal engagement varies.
Random entertainment or a target in your site?
After a mindless fling of your signature brand of BS
are desultory results considered mere formalities of your habitual, flippant lies?
Sickening, you feign innocence.
I imagine you dropkick kittens.

Ah! But this time was different.
Motivated by vengeance
you set the stage.
Did you calculate the immense scope of your misdeed?
Unsuspecting marionettes dangled and hanged
in your tangled illusions.

Implications skillfully alluded in casual conversation
with your chosen emissary.                   
The audience invariably engrossed while lines
delivered by an inculpable, esteemed player
clobber their conscience, then float in the rafters,
impossible to retract.

Blithe indifference for casualties,
families polarized to satisfy your perverse jealousy. 
Harmony shattered
in the carnage of my reputation
and assaulted integrity.

~Deb
« Last Edit: September 17, 2018, 01:07:14 PM by DGSquared »
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

Blondesplosion! ~Deb