Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Auto Da Fe

I'll recite
my milksop lines
with perfect timing.

And, I'll
cardboard cry
right on cue.

Just to see
you put goodbye
back in your pocket,

so that I'll be the one
leaving you.

For the Hello / Goodbye prompt at Real Toads.

17 comments:

Mary said...

Feels better to be the one leaving than the one being left, but both are hard. Well expressed, MZ.

Sylvia K said...

I love it!!

Fireblossom said...

Are you sure you're not Catlick?

hedgewitch said...

Lord have I been there--when it's all down to who can zoom who in the dirty game. Sharp and skewering to the last drop of goodness, MZ.

Susan said...

A Pyrrhic Victory, though it may ease the pain of the fire. I felt that way on not getting tenure: Hold those Cue Cards High! A glorious and harsh take on Goodbye. Thank you, MZ.

Margaret said...

Been there done that!! Ha ha.

Brian Miller said...

mmm...just to be the one to pull the trigger...that is nasty...ha...like susan said.. a pyrrhic victory indeed....

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this, especially "just to see you put goodbye back in your pocket".....

Julia Chiang said...

better to leave first..... I think.

Kay L. Davies said...

Ooh, nicely put. I've done it both ways. I left, and led a miserable existence because Someone Else got to my family with His Story (not the truth) before I could explain. My grandmother knew the truth, but no one else did.
With the next one, I don't know if he'd have left, but he had to because I threw him out, bag and baggage, told him where to find a boarding house.
Anyway, absolutely loved your "milksop lines" and especially "cardboard cry"! Lull him into thinking you're sorry, then you can leave in your own good time, although I suspect this poem is fiction.
K

Susie Clevenger said...

Love it...cry that cardboard cry and get the jump on leaving

Jinksy said...

Cardboard cry and goodbye in a pocket? Ace!

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Oh, this was wickedly funny, the idea of the cardboard cry so you could have the last LAUGH! Yeah, I can relate... Amy

Kerry O'Connor said...

It's all a question of timing.

manicddaily said...

You are so sharp! k.

edenhills said...

Very concise with a big impact!

aquadragonfruit said...

Fantastic. :) You are just so clever! The second and third stanzas are my favorites.