Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Duplicity


At the drink fountain
We devour one another
With hungry eyes

What message is there?
Keep away I know your type
Or I dare you to

She is fairly new
Careful and so observant
I like how she looks 

It took a fortnight
One day we were in the lift
She said "Perhaps"

So I just nodded
Said "I'll see you tomorrow"
She just grinned and laughed

We lunched out each day
Walked in the park linked fingers
Kissed in the arbour

I held her right hand
I knew she was married
Talked of other things

Surprised one Monday 
I found out that she had quit
Never said a word

I felt like crying
But then I burst out laughing
With a wife at home

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24 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your take here on predator and prey. Not surprising in this day and age. Not a bad thing that "she" quit really, and hopefully "he" has learned his lesson as well.

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  2. Your title is perfect - in this situation the prey is often the predator
    Well done

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  3. Such a powerful response to the prompt, Robin :)

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  4. "We devour one another
    With hungry eyes"
    whether we have a right to or not ... Very fine and insightful poem!

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  5. a close shave but so touchingly composed

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  6. How quickly the speaker's tears turned to laughter!

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  7. The last laugh - made me think of a hyena chuckling away.. but not in a fluffy kind of way!

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    1. Ps by which i mean duplicity expertly demonstrated

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  8. "We devour one another
    With hungry eyes"
    whether we have a right to or not ...... so true

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  9. This is quite a novel take on the prompt. Quite an interesting Surprise Robin

    Much love...

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  10. sounds like she was the smart one realizing that this had gone too far. Great post

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  11. Oh, now there is a contemporary flirtation story for our times. Glad she quit, glad he laughed.

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  12. Had me at the first stanza. Great take on this prompt!

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  13. soo love this poem, many times eyes do feel like they are preying on one.

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    1. I implied that eyes preyed back in a game where there were no winners.

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    2. thanks old egg, for enlightening me, i still love this thou'

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  14. HAHAHAA....Who's the real predator now-the man/ or, the woman?? Enjoyed reading, Robin!

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  15. So lightly taken. So what were the spouses doing?

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  16. wow I loved the entire concept. so ingenious! and integrated into the poem so seamlessly

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  17. interesting concept and who was the prey/predator each with their own flaws...

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  18. I had to smile, Robin. This was quite a take on the theme of predator and prey (who was who?). Flirtation is fine as long as the intention of unfaithfulness never eventuates!

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