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Best Man

It has been 9 months since your sudden disappearance.

That Hallowed night when your 5’11” nerd aura
Handed me my early birthday gift
A cold shoulder wrapped in a velvet bow
Made in Sri Lanka, sold exclusively at the Dollar Store

That was your appraised value.

But, today, revival’s whisper enters my gently waxed earlobes.

Candy coated revelations
For my allergic blood

“I said yes!”, as she flashed Cracker Jack ring
Filled with Monopoly dollar signs and “Go directly to Jail” Chance cards

I almost applauded, my hands sarcastically never connected
While my eyeballs rolled in epileptic banter

We scream in misguided nerd joy 
As if we witnessed Monty Python & Darth Vader having a make-out session

Sudden urges to watch movies about Traveling Pants & Sisterhood
And PSing my I Love You
While we eat Dark Chocolate Klondike bars and Chipwich Ice Cream Cookies
My ovaries were bursting with INSANITY’S JOY!

But, WAIT, I quickly realized I didn’t have such parts!

It was then, reality crashed
As if Spider Man ran out of web during mid-air leap

My essence now halts at crossroads’ throat.

To my left, “celebration”
To my right, “other”

I chose to be a human this night.

Current time- 9:15pm
Current location- Reception Hall

A 5 course meal,
Including dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets
Smiley face French fries
And 3 glasses of Tang
Surrounded my space on the dinner table

Heavenly echoes of forks & glass,
Ringing in ignorant unison,
Give birth to Tinnitus in my drums

In their 9 months of togetherness,
They kiss with forcible ease,
Frogs refusing to show their true form

It is then, ignoring listless stares from guests,
I stood up holding my half-empty Tang glass
Which MIGHT have contained a smidge of Grey Goose

At the TOP of my LUNGS,
I whispered.

“Friend, I should be so proud of you. I would. I could. You never responded to my open-hearted palm. You left my vulnerabilities dangling at half-mast, as if I lost our final game of Hang Man. But, TONIGHT, it is I & this delicious Dinosaur nugget that will HAVE a final say! You are impeccably flawed, like I. But, I still wanted you to be a part of my tomorrows. Yet, you turned me into a muted yesterday. So, I will wish congratulations on your new slav…um, husband, Pouring this glass of yummy Tang onto this stapled dance floor in a straight line Each drop will be a symbol of how many tears he will shed, before that line is crossed.”
As silence slapped each other in its face Across candle flame blanketed, marble dance hall, With children pointing & laughing hysterically, “Security” enters the room As I hold hands with Cuban female rent-a-cop, her head warming my shoulder, “Thank you for these 9 months. For now, I have given birth to a new me. The Best Man that you will never hold again.” ©Drake J. Eszes

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  1. Date: 6/19/2014 12:22:00 AM
    simply awesome, I liked the journey anyway :) Hello Drake, long time no see ((( happy summer )))

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 6/19/2014 8:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, it was a fun ride. :) Hi & thank you, Debbie. It's good to see you here. Post something new! :)
  1. Date: 2/16/2014 7:59:00 AM
    I hope those ovaries have recovered *lol*, I so enjoyed rereading this one. I do not have enough words to describe how good this is. I think for me it is one of your best.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 2/19/2014 10:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    LOL!!!! Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You rock, Richard. =) Thank you man!
  1. Date: 8/13/2013 11:16:00 AM
    Drake, you are one talented writer, awesome story teller, as I have said your poetry langue is amazing, I read it twice, to get more out of it, I enjoyed the little humour, and they whispered speech, a time with, a time without, a time that will never be, outstanding poem, you are a master, blessings sueellen

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/13/2013 12:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You're very, very kind, Sue-Ellen. I truly appreciate your words. =) I am no "master". Just writing words from heart. Thank you so much!!! =D
    Newman Avatar Sue-Ellen Newman
    Date: 8/13/2013 11:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry that's ,,, and the whispered speech,
  1. Date: 8/2/2013 11:08:00 AM
    Congratulations I see this one is in the top 5 of the top hundred. Well done Drake.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/2/2013 11:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Is it?! HOW COOL! =D Thanks, Richard!
  1. Date: 7/31/2013 6:53:00 AM
    Wow! Imaginative and powerful. You my friend are a lyrical master. In another time you would have been a poet favored by kings to tell of their lives and deeds

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/31/2013 7:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    That is quite the comment. "In another time"...hm. :) Thank you so much, Monterey! So friggin cool that you've stopped by to read my work!
  1. Date: 7/25/2013 11:24:00 PM
    Your inner monologue is like a dark comedy in this one. Very clever =)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/25/2013 11:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I love comedy, yes! Dark comedy, eh, sometimes. =) Thank you so much, Katy!
  1. Date: 7/25/2013 11:37:00 AM
    Very interesting poem. I hope you are over the heartache now. Poetry sure helps relieve some pain. Loved this poem right to the end. Betty

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/25/2013 11:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh I've long healed from this. =) This writing was more "fictional/what would happen if this scenario presented itself to me" kind of thing. I had a lot of fun writing this. Yes, you never forget how they make you feel. But, I turned the frown upside down...and returned the favor. ;-) Thanks so much, Betty!
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 9:45:00 PM
    WOW! This is some poem all the way to the end I got a little confused for a little bit about the nine months, but at the end I understood. i very much enjoyed this poem. Thanks for sharing....Lucilla

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/22/2013 10:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hola & gracias, Lucilla! =) I'm relieved to hear the ending made sense after all! I'm glad you came by here!
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:48:00 AM
    Good morning Drake. Always intresting to read the comments you receive.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/22/2013 6:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Buenos Dias, Richard! =) Yes, me too...me too! It's part of what keeps me going in PS. =D Great to see you here!
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 4:06:00 AM
    Phew Drake-- what an astoundingly intricately woven poem. I think you have to be WAY above my intellectual limitations with words-- I always have to read through your pieces at least twice--what a pleasure !

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/22/2013 5:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Nah, I just grew up watching too many cartoons (FYI, no such thing as "too many") and I enjoy mixing silly & serious situations. I've read your work. You're strongly intelligent yourself. =D Thank you SO so much, Kim!
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:30:00 PM
    Soupmail :)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/21/2013 6:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sweet! =D
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 5:43:00 PM
    You are out of this world Drake, xxx

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/21/2013 6:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'll take that as a good thing. =D Thanks so much, Rose!
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 2:12:00 PM
    hi drake!.. okay, time's up; pass your new paper, lol!.. have a cool sunday!..:) huggs

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/21/2013 2:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Already?! LOL Thanks! You too, dear Nette! =D
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 3:36:00 AM
    gash! your so great Drake, I wanna marry your excellent work! LOL, miss you all!

    D. Avatar Nathan D.
    Date: 7/21/2013 11:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    soup mail
    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/21/2013 7:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    YOU SHOULD!!! It's a keeper! ;-) How nice to see you again, Elai! It's been a good month or so! I hope things are good with you! =)
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 3:06:00 AM
    Ha!! Love it Drake...I hold my glass of tang high (which MIGHT contain a double smidge of vodka) and toast the bride, the groom AND this poem (clink) Oh bartender...

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/21/2013 7:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    HAHAHAHA!!! I couldn't have said it better, Tim. Thanks for stopping by! =D
  1. Date: 7/20/2013 5:05:00 PM
    I weighed in on your relationship conversation with Eileen. I found it very interesting.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/20/2013 5:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh boy...ok thanks! :)
  1. Date: 7/20/2013 11:31:00 AM
    so interesting! i love how you tell the story. beautiful

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/20/2013 11:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hey there, Juli!!! That's really cool of you to say! :) Thanks so much!
  1. Date: 7/20/2013 11:29:00 AM
    After 9, 1+0=1 comes, very interesting and brilliant poem. Experience causes into new evolution, my friend. Enjoyed a lot. Loved always, bl

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/20/2013 11:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes sir. You're absolutely onto something. ;-) Thanks so much, BL!!!
  1. Date: 7/20/2013 6:49:00 AM
    I printed out your poem because I loved it. I love a narrative poem best. Not a cliche' in any line. And, thank you for reading my current poem, just posted. I will check out more of your work Nola

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/20/2013 7:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well how awesome is that!!! =D Thank you, Nola. That's very cool of you.
  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:35:00 PM
    Perfect from beginning to end...couldn't wait to see the conclusion! Thought I was the only person in the world who still drank tang! Awesome Drake...can't wait till the next one...

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/20/2013 2:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I love me some TANG! =D I definitely appreciate it your thoughts on this. That means a lot!
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