Misplaced Affection

July 29, 2010

in Confessions,Lifestyle

Photo by Ian Main

She sat on the arm of the couch
as if she belonged there. Her angel
red lipstick perfectly lined and glossed.
Her strappy high heels and diamond belt
out of place at ten o’clock on Wednesday
night. Her friends called every thirty
minutes on her pastel pink Motorola,
a real Comso girl with blond highlights
and oversized silver hoop earrings.

He sat next to her on the couch making
me an intruder in my own house, talking
to her in the voice once reserved for me
softened and smiling. I am inconsequential,
unnoticed three feet behind them.

I wonder if it matters to me, their relationship,
their friendship. It is not the affection
he gives her, but that my dog lays beside her
and enjoys the touch of her long, vibrant pink nails.

Mama's Losin' ItJenny Matlock

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Erin July 29, 2010 at 1:18 am

Awww that is so sweet!

seriouslyahomemaker July 29, 2010 at 1:32 am

Oh no she di’int!!! She didn’t come in all hot and cute and steal all his attention… and your dog!

And leave you wanting a new pair of strappy heels and hoop earrings!

cool poem!

here from Mama Kats!

witchycrazymommy July 29, 2010 at 2:57 am

Pink is an evil color! Kidding I love pink and your poem too!

Lojo July 29, 2010 at 3:29 am

Love it. Love it so much.

I think all women have experienced a moment like that–a moment of ickiness and emotional discomfort. You reflected on it beautifully.

JDaniel4's Mom July 29, 2010 at 7:11 am

I am sorry her red left you blue.

Jen C. July 29, 2010 at 7:48 am

Love the imagery from your words 🙂 So detailed I can just picture everything going on. Silly doggie, always looking for someone to scratch their itches 🙂

Christi July 29, 2010 at 9:07 am


Lesley July 29, 2010 at 9:46 am

Men, of all varieties and species, can be so fickle! Wonderful poem!

Following you from Mama Kat’s!

Roger Green July 29, 2010 at 9:55 am

beautiful beagle.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Patti B. July 29, 2010 at 11:19 am

I love this poem! I write haikus from time to time, which is sometimes all I can manage.

I’m visiting by way of the SITS community on BlogFrog!

Chrisj July 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I’d leave them and take the dog!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti July 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Very very good! I loved the imagery in this prose.

Christy July 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm

such a clever little poem…and the pic of the puppy makes me want to slather it with attention too!

Jingle July 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm

well crafted poem.
beautiful images.

Mumsy July 29, 2010 at 6:37 pm

That was awesome, and you held my attention to the very end..

Teresa July 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I just love that. It is so true to life.

June Freaking Cleaver July 30, 2010 at 12:50 am

All men are dogs, in the end.

Cheryl July 30, 2010 at 9:50 am

This poem is entrancing. I could see every little detail of this scene and feel the ache.

Aksharaa July 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Awwww….that was touching!
But don’t worry, your Dawg will be back with you unbothered about the colour on your nails!!

EKSwitaj July 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Nicely done. Betrayal by one’s pets has got to be the worst.

twitches July 30, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Love the ending! Surprising, yet not.

Betty July 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Somebody is feeling left out! An adorable story.

Elizabeth July 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Incredibly good portrayal of a delicate moment. But, having been there, I was terribly enlightened when the dog’s betrayal was the more difficult one to deal with. This is a wonderful poem displaying a very light but controlled touch.


Cheryl D. July 31, 2010 at 1:43 am

That hussy needs to be shown the door!

Cee'sLife July 31, 2010 at 2:06 am

oooh, there’s nothing worse than a dog’s betrayal. Very well written.

Cynthia Short July 31, 2010 at 8:15 am

What a traitor! (the dog, that is..)
Nice take on superficiality and how it can fool some of the people, some of the time,,,

brenda w July 31, 2010 at 9:52 am

I love your take on the prompt. I was so upset with blondie by the end. . .ha! You took me somewhere. Well done.

Jenny Matlock August 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Lindsey, this is lovely. What a beautiful gem you linked this week for Alphabe-Thursdays summer school.

I am blown away by your imagery.

Is your work published?

Would you mind sending me a link to where I might read it?

Thank you.

This was amazing.


Lindsey August 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Wow. Thank you! I have had some work published. I have a list here. I also put a lot of my writing here. Thank you so much for the encouraging comments. I’m going to brag to everyone I got an A+!!!!!!

Tumblewords August 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Dang. I can feel this piece and it smarts.

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