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And so it begins

And so it begins:
I’m starting to fall for the tricks of perception his company brings.
I hear myself laugh at the lamest of jokes
like a harridan croaking on too many smokes
and I paw at his elbow with dumb fingertips
as my traitorous tongue licks my lips.

And so it begins:
I inwardly moan as my tone goes so girly, it practically sings,
then my pupils dilate (oh! pause here for self-hate),
my self-worth declines as his ego inflates,
and all sense is disarmed by his nauseous charms...
don’t just wretch, sisters - sound the alarm!


12 Feb 2019
“And so it begins” contest - Line Gauthier

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Date: 2/21/2019 7:51:00 PM
Run....RUN!!!! LOL! :) Terrific piece!
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Date: 2/15/2019 8:13:00 PM
hahaha. You are SO good, Nina. I bet this one scored high. It's awesome!!!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/16/2019 1:22:00 AM
Thank you Andrea! It got a joint first so I’m glad Line enjoyed it too. I loved the prompt but didn’t get to it til there were 2 spaces left. So it was a quick one!
Date: 2/13/2019 10:15:00 PM
This is really, really well-done, Nina. I think that it's the funniest (deadly) serious poem that I have ever read. I can't say enough about it. Why not promote it within the 'Me-Too Movement?' I think it speaks to exactly the kind of submission which leads to monsters like Weinstein, Lauer, et al. Really! I'm serious! … A FAVE! :) gw
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/14/2019 12:39:00 AM
I guess you’re right... we do like to perpetuate this “every woman wants to submit” myth. It can be dangerous. At the very least it can lead to seriously crushed self-worth and at the most... Anyway, I think this lady had her five minutes and then gave herself a good talking to! Thank you Gershon!
Date: 2/13/2019 7:48:00 PM
Yay, you've made an arse of yourself, all right! Actually, I imagine you first proofed this with the same smile I'm now wearing after reading. I liked a guy so much once that I became 'paralyzed' (void of personality), but I've never been this girl. Great poem, much to laugh at as delivered in perfect set ups by your pen. You do humor well, naturally. Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/14/2019 12:35:00 AM
Yeah I’ve been little pieces of her but never fully her. Thank goodness!
Date: 2/13/2019 1:50:00 PM
love this very powerful write
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/14/2019 12:34:00 AM
Thank you very much Jack! Means a lot!
Date: 2/13/2019 1:24:00 PM
Excellent Nina, congrats. :)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/14/2019 12:34:00 AM
Thank you Gary :-)
Date: 2/13/2019 3:13:00 AM
Your words are tempting like chocolate liquor, and I don't regret the buzz to the brain! Nice, have a good day, Meru.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/13/2019 1:22:00 PM
Yay, nothing so annoying as a wasted buzz! Glad it stimulated you so Meru! ;o)
Date: 2/13/2019 1:46:00 AM
Only you could get away with poking fun at a man's mating ritual, Nina! Most of my past relationships can be summed up in the line "my self-worth declines as his ego inflates." Hey, spending Valentine's Day has its perks. All the chocolate is for me. He can keep his ego. Enjoyed! Hugs, Carolyn
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/13/2019 1:53:00 AM
Thank you Carolyn! Yes, didn’t occur to me that this one isn’t exactly the dream for Valentine’s Day! Lol, good thing too. I’m not the biggest valentine’s fan!
Date: 2/12/2019 6:05:00 PM
This made me laugh aloud, my dear Nina. "I hear myself laugh at the lamest of jokes like a harridan croaking on too many smokes" Ha! Love it!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/13/2019 1:51:00 AM
Ha, I have a tendency to snort-laugh which hopefully would drive this sort of man away!
Date: 2/12/2019 3:09:00 PM
ohh, seems you are being disarmed by his caprices , and how!..love the subtext, nina... unique style from your quill!... winning wishes!...huggs
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/12/2019 3:44:00 PM
Thank you Nette! Luckily it’s all a work of fancy - it’s about 12 years since I was in the dating game. Thank goodness! :-)
Date: 2/12/2019 3:09:00 PM
L. O. L. Deliriously good fun <3
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/12/2019 3:55:00 PM
Hooty toot toot! ;p
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/12/2019 3:35:00 PM
Eh? Can’t quite hear you... too busy licking his photo...