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Poem: "Unexpected Affections"

This poem came out of the February 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from rix_scaedu and kelkyag.  It also fills the "childhood romance" square in my 1-31-14 card for the Origfic Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by rix_scaedu.  It belongs to the series Monster House.  It's a sequel to "Not Mine," "Vigil Ante," and "The Girl He Brought Home."


Unexpected Affections


None of us knew,
when the bogeyman brought
a crying toddler to our house
and I put her on the couch
beside my own son,
what would come of it.

When my son was seven,
their paths crossed again,
and he brought Melinda
home from school
to work on a class project.

One thing led to another,
and he kept inviting her over.
She adored the radiator dragon
and the bogeyman.
Everyone loved her.

Sometimes they played together for hours,
getting into and out of all sorts of things
as children and monsters are wont to do.

So that's how
my son wound up wearing lipstick
and the bogeyman wound up with
pink flowers braided into the white silk of his hair
and Melinda wound up with a necklace
made of snake vertebrae and Legos.

Life is a series of
unexpected affections,
waiting to see if we
will accept or decline.

Love is lipstick and flowers,
bones and toys
threaded together
on rainy afternoons.

One afternoon I caught them all
parading around to the Wedding March
with my son holding a bouquet of fake roses,
Melinda blushing under a lace doily veil,
and the bogeyman with book in hand
wearing the lurking shadow in lieu of a tuxedo,

and I thought,
Yeah, we can go there.

* * *

Notes:

Childhood sweethearts appear in real life and entertainment tropesChildhood romance and friendship teaches young people how to identify and express affection.  There are some advantages to marrying your childhood sweetheart later.

Pink flowers and pink roses can mean many different things.

Read about snake symbolism.
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_brotherhoodsnake08.htm

Legos are building toys, most like bricks, but a few have holes through them.

Read about the Wedding March.

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thnidu From: thnidu Date: February 8th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww. Awlso thawt-prawvoking.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 9th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you liked this so much. I had fun with it.
thesilentpoet From: thesilentpoet Date: February 9th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I am so glad this got sponsored! I'd love to see these two grown-up. (I'd say three, but the Boogeyman is already sort-of grown up.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 9th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

>> I am so glad this got sponsored! <<

Me too.

>> I'd love to see these two grown-up. <<

We may get there eventually. We have the older sister in high school so far.

>> (I'd say three, but the Boogeyman is already sort-of grown up.) <<

True, he is already grown up. But we are looking at the seeds of a new household here.
From: technoshaman Date: February 9th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
hee hee hee... :like:
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 9th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.
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