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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MILLICENT BEGINS THE MONUMENTAL TASK OF DICTATING HER MEMOIR



(A revised version of one that appeared a few years back. Enjoy!)



OH, BUZZARD SHIT
she said, with a wink
and a drink in her hand.

I knew Marilyn when

she was still a brunette.

I boinked so many famous men

there's no keeping track.

It wasn't notches on your gun

back then...
nothing like that.

They were all indiscretions.

You either gave in...
 or you didn't.

Some guilt?

Sure.
But you did it for love.
Every time.

That's the difference 

between then and now.

BUZZARD SHIT

she said with a start, 
momentarily nodding off--
her gin and tonic slipping
from her fingers
to the floor,
seeping  into the
wine-colored carpet.

It only lasts for as long
as there's a twinkle in his eye...
get that down...
a twinkle...in... his...

And she is out

down for the count
and done for the day.

It's a beginning.






48 comments:

  1. I'm most aware as I read this piece, of the two 'voices' - that of your speaker, as she drunkenly surveys her life choices, and that of the poet, who delivers his satire with a touch of sympathy and a whole lot of knowledge about human nature.

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  2. what a sad life...always searching...all the emotion comes to a head nicely in that last stanza...and having never found it...might as well drown it....

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  3. we did it for love, every time. there's the appeal, right there.

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  4. I knew when I saw the title I was going to grin all the way through. Oh Timo, you know us too well!

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  5. Where did the avatar pic of yours go, Mr. Catnip ... meouw ...

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  6. with a wink and a drink... quite a lonely bird, I think.

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  7. KERRY: A brilliant assessment!
    BRIAN: She's a corker (pardon the pun)
    MARIAN: If it was always for love, then who could criticize you?
    SHERRY:Ha ha...maybe so!
    CAT: A new one is on the way.
    MARGARET: Ah, but the memories!

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  8. That title sure got my attention! Love the lines...But you did it for love. Every time. Millicent's memoir might be an interesting read...

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  9. BODHIROSE: I think it might outdo "Fifty Shades of Grey" LOL
    Hey, where is your blog...i can't find it!

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  10. Oh dear! Very sad - in a warped way! k .

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  11. Yep, some things never change, but it's better to have the memory of screwing up then never to have screwed at all, I say.

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  12. Five years I worked in one really nice neighborhood bar, mixing, serving, washing glasses, cleaning tables, taking orders, playing violin. It was just me--and 50-60 Customer-Peeps. You have SO nailed it, whether then or now.

    1950-2013 I have observed the "free-for-a-night" Peeps--and BEEN one. IMO...nothing has changed. PRIDE and it's friend FEAR, still at the bottom of it all!
    Blessings, to a good observer/writer!

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  13. I felt like I was right there, hanging on every buzz :)

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  14. MANICDDAILY: Warped, yeah...a time warp of sorts.
    HEDGEWITCH: "Better to have screwed and lost than never to have screwed at all." Spoken like the true and amazing poet you are!
    STEVE: Thanks so much. I think you've got an incredible memoir in there somewhere yourself.
    TALON: And buzz was the operative word. Love ya!

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  15. But you did it for love.
    Every time.

    That's the difference
    between then and now....oh dangit...wanna weep for her..

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  16. Poor Millicent. She should have become a life coach. They make lots of money and all you have do is talk bullshit.

    Cressida de Nova

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    1. CLAUDIA: Don't worry--she just passed out again and is feeling no pain.
      CRESSIDA: Life coach--I love that. Hard enough to run one's own life, much less tell someone else how to run theirs!
      LUCYCHILI: Welcome... I LOVE chili.
      JASON: They're all in there if she can just get them out!

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  17. a strange journey, a sadfunny story =)

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  18. I believe this Millicent lives in many friends of mine-- what a great character. I bet she has many more stories to tell. ~peace, Jason

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  19. Nice contrast to 'the good ole days'

    much love...

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    1. As Carly Simon said, these are the good ol' days, but they're only that good in retrospect :)

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  20. Yummy, yummy ~~ I want to play her on stage or in a film!!!! (I did a bit of 'relating')

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    1. Uh oh...we have some juicy stories to tell, don't we?

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  21. I could tell it would take time... always so sad when beauty is diluted with gin... it would take time to get the memoirs...

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    1. Yes, but I sense they'd be worth it!

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  22. Love the conversation and how it tells it's deeper message at the poet's hand. Great writing Timoteo!!

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  23. Life and moments have their ups and downs.

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    1. They certainly do...she's up, then she's down

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  24. Yeah, it might take a while to get this story down on paper. I'll be looking forward to the next chapter :) Also, wine-colored carpet is so practical! Why don't more people opt for this? We lack common sense.

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    1. Especially if wine is your libation of choice :)

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    1. You must be beating them off with a stick.
      ..killer charm:)
      This poem reminds me of David Nivens's famous line
      " I met Doris Day before she was a virgin"

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    2. One of the all time great lines. Lovely to see you again!

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  27. Beautifully balanced and stylish write - one of the highlights of the evening for me...

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  28. Oh, so totally delicious! It appears it will be slow going to get her memoir down but oh the stories that will come forth. Love the two voices in this too!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gayle...yes, slow going, and a lot of stained carpet.

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  29. These lines: "But you did it for love.
    Every time."
    They made me think that was a rationalization after the fact, like why did one buy that stock? Because it was going up or some other reason.

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    1. I think it was the times...as a woman, you had to convince yourself it was love, otherwise you'd have a guilty conscience!!!

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  30. Very lonely with past glories gone. My mom was an alcoholic until her bitter end. She was lonely too, so sad.

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    1. Bekkie, you and I grew up under similar circumstances, it seems. You see the darker side of this.

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  31. And she is out
    down for the count
    and done for the day.
    It's a beginning.

    All goes to show that women boxing may be goading them on to be aware of real challenges.

    Hank

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    1. I enjoy women boxing, but after Tanya Harding, thee wasn't much going on in that arena

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