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Memories Episode 4
continued from 'Wistful expectations' - (Memories Episode 3)

Sunshine streaking through the blinds awakes me My deficient memory state got a luxury sleep in Encapsulating facts from my confused dream I attempt to analyse facts from the muddle deep within
I recapture my dream I’m in an office - my own it seems I look at the monitor it’s filled with spreadsheets Figures and columns - I stare - I wonder What on earth am I working on? It all makes no sense Irritated voices filtering from the next room Men’s voices in heated argument In spite of feeling intrusive like an eaves dropper I strain to listen but can’t distinguish the muffled words Moving closer to the separating wall The raised voices seem distinctly familiar ‘Manipulation’-‘Fraud’ - ’Deception’ Odd words from acutely stressed voices filter out
‘This will sink us Greg – not to mention a stint in jail’
A snide laugh - ironic and nasty This time the words ring out quite clearly ‘Spending investor funds on your woman Your high maintenance woman With her lavishly expensive tastes’
‘Have you told Gabby about her yet? About your Maddison’
Oh my - what have I got myself into? I move back to the monitor and gather information These men seem to be large scale stock brokers Trading on the markets, buying and selling securities I scroll through there are lists and lists of investors There are places I was never meant to go Things that I was never meant to see Instinctively I reach for the phone- just as my door opens
“Oh what a tangled web we weave When first we practise to deceive”*
And then I’m awake and here in my room Is my name Maddison? I’m the other woman? The ring less finger - Now it’s all starting to make sense Though there’s one thing that doesn’t I look at my mirrored reflection Nothing - Nothing Except that one thing I don’t feel like a Maddison I dig deep trying to hear my mother If I have a mother - I try to imagine hearing her calling me Maddison - Maddison - Maddison No - No - No!! I don’t feel like a Maddison I don’t feel high maintenance I haven’t even visited the hairdresser on this floor Why haven’t I felt an overwhelming urge to take myself there? I look at my nails, they are short. Wouldn’t they be long and fashionably styled? If I was so high maintenance? Even with my fog brain I would know Silly needs like that would always stay Vanity cannot be denied An overwhelming urge to be sick And I just make it to the toilet in time I come out I see my nurse watching me A slight smile hovers on her lips She knows I’m pregnant - She knows I’m pregnant? But how she would know - that is beyond me An old tune plays softly from the next room I know the old lady from there ‘Smoke gets in your eyes’ - I know that song well Did my mother or father like it too? This seems all too familiar And out of the blue it all gets too much My fuddled brain - the words from the song My nurse is starting to feel more like my mother She takes me into her arms
Did Love enter my life only to turn? Did I try to convince him knowing the lies? That our love was true despite the deceit And voluntarily permit the smoke in my eyes? Oh deception how you wickedly flirt With this poor blurred mind steeped in amnesia Emotional therapy will play no major part To withhold the pain without anesthesia
Stay tuned for next episode… Reference * ‘Oh what a tangled web we weave…’ - Sir Walter Scott - ‘Marmion’1806 Image from Movie poster of Deception 2008 Music Video - The Platters – ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 10/16/2017 10:27:00 AM
The plot thickens....or should I say it's slowly unraveling! Whatever it is, I'm hooked on this narrative; waiting for the next episode:) Regards // paul
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Date: 10/17/2017 1:03:00 AM
Thank you so much Paul, so glad that you're liking this. Not long to wait, I should be putting the next episode on this Thursday. Thanks always for the support and visits my friend...Maria
Date: 10/14/2017 11:57:00 AM
What a poem. Beautiful words used beautifully to add beauty. Theme is nicely chosen,so are words in your poem. Loved to review this verse. Very good poem indeed. Be blessed and keep reviewing Pari Style poems.
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Date: 10/16/2017 6:05:00 AM
Thank you Sanket, so glad that you liked it. I really appreciate your visit and comments ...Maria
Date: 10/13/2017 12:33:00 AM
So am I!! Can't wait for the next one!!Got me so curious now i really need to know what's going on!Ok this is worse then waiting for the next episode of my favorite t.v. series!But I guess i have to !LOL! Brenda
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Date: 10/16/2017 6:08:00 AM
Not long to go Brenda, lol, I think the next one will keep you on the edge of your seat . Thanks for the visit and lovely comments , I really appreciate it...Maria
Date: 10/12/2017 9:43:00 PM
Well, I'm hooked! lol I keep seeing this as a movie or a SOAP opera. Love it and looking forward to the next episode. :)
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Date: 10/16/2017 6:10:00 AM
Thanks Carole, not long to go, just some final brush ups. Thanks my friend for popping by, I really look forward to your comments....Maria xxx
Date: 10/11/2017 11:51:00 AM
what a riveting plot only you can design such in a most remarkable way... great script straight from a theater-play, maria!...huggs
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Date: 10/11/2017 10:42:00 PM
Thank you my friend Nette, its going to get a lot more riveting, thats all im saying . Thank you for the visit and support...Maria xx
Date: 10/11/2017 8:48:00 AM
What a lovely story-teller you are Maria--enjoyed the different scenes playing on the screen in this complex story that feels like a dream--Hoping to find out soon--waiting for the next chapter!
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Date: 10/11/2017 10:40:00 PM
Thank you Vijay, stay tuned, its going to get a lot more dramatic. Well she still hasn't regained her memories, but the dreams are more like flashbacks, pointing her to the Grand Finale lol Thank you for the visit and support my friend... Maria
Date: 10/11/2017 8:10:00 AM
Intricate and intriguing! Like a scene from some "film noir" or a racy novel! Well written, with one question leading to another. I like it!
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Date: 10/11/2017 8:28:00 AM
Thank you Robert, you visit and comments are much appreciated. I will need to warn you that the plot does thicken considerably with a Twist? - look forward to you staying tuned in for the next surprise...Maria
Date: 10/11/2017 8:02:00 AM
Interesting fourth part, seems like a betrayal by a seedy character... But it could all be a dream.. Look forward to the next part..
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Date: 10/11/2017 8:31:00 AM
Well Si - who knows what is going to happen in this tangled web? It seems there is a lot of intrigue going around - what with Stock Brokers - and wives and lovers. I'm not telling yet till we see how it all pans out - So do stayed tuned. Thanks for your visit and comment...Maria
Date: 10/11/2017 7:48:00 AM
So I seem to be the first to comment on your tangled web, and a web it certainly is. Now I wonder if the person here has multiple personalities: Madison, pregnant, smoke. Indeed a crafty tangled web that is ably constructed to keep the reader wanting more. And so we must wait while the spider weaves some more. Great poem.
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Date: 10/11/2017 7:58:00 AM
Spider Woman keeps weaving her crafty plots. Thanks Victor for all the support you show, I'll make sure you are not disappointed. Thanks for visiting and the astute comments you always give me my friend...Maria