At the last party of summer........

They smile as they make eye contact
from time to time
across the room full of guests
once they passed in
the hall and stopped for a few words
enticed sweetly out of a sigh
His eyes wandered
her breasts and her hand
brushed against his thigh
in the narrow
hallway
Later after the third margerita
she flirted with him
beneath the table
cloth
her nylons against his
palm
Did anyone notice in
furtive glances

He went once to use the bathroom
and she to get her purse
Only a moment for her a
stolen kiss and
for him his tongue
across her neck
"Don't leave any marks '
she whispers

No one seemed to notice as my wife
and her husband slipped into
the den alone
And as I made eye contact with his
wife in shame she dropped
her eyes
To the floor and smiled
at something the
hostess said
to hide her pain




Comments 18 comments

SilverGenes 4 years ago

Your words portray so much in a few lines... the furtive plans, the danger and excitement and ultimately the terrible betrayal and pain hidden under the cloak of propriety.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

How often it happens just this way! Indeed it is shameful-or should be-for everyone involved. I ache for these people you have created so well.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hello Silvergenes its nice to know you are still here ! As to this hub I was there once !......But only once .....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

hyphenbird , hello my friend , I have learned much in this life and all of it by living through it!.......Hope you are well!


cleaner3 4 years ago

wow, so much in so little words , no explanation needed for all involved.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I hope this didn't happen to you. I never know. Your poetry is seductive and telling. Best wishes my friend. I miss your visits...


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Very good, and sadly, too real.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

WOW Could feel the excitement building. These couples love flirting with danger. Much enjoyed.


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Magdelene 4 years ago from Okotoks

Well told story, but a sad and very common story as well. Many things that others in our lives may do can, and often does, bring us pain. There just isn't a whole lot that someone can say to a person the is on the receiving end of these actions; we can only listen and be there for them.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Cleaner , your comment makes me think youve been there my friend !.....thanks for understanding.....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Always , yes , but a long time ago ! Thank you for such a beautiful comment!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Willstarr , as life itself ! And yet we survive , No?....Thanks for always stopping .


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Gypsy Rose , I experienced this when I was young and gullible , but never again !....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Magdelene, You my friend sound like you must be a great friend to have around !......:-}


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

So sad, aHorseback! Being me (the shy, retiring type) i'd have exposed them both right there at the party!(please excuse bad pun..)

That would have devastated them even more than you and his wife were! I have stopped wondering why people go out of their way to hurt others - it seems i could spend 24/7 wondering - and still come up with nuthin'!

Remember dear - that whatever doesn't kill ya - makes ya stronger...and less trusting...sigh..


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

ImKarn , Hi! ... All true , I have a feeling no one would dare hurt you !..:-}.......Ahh to be young and gullible again!.... NOT...I will say that trust is the ultimate sharing ! Unfortunately when we can no longer trust , as men anyway , we learn not to care as much that way you can never hurt again!...... !


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Amazing, beautifully developed...and then the ending took my breath away! Lovely Poem. Theresa


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

phdast , hello ! , Thank you for that . Always having been a people observer , I see alot of things and have in my life .Its so Interesting to just watch human nature sometimes .......:-}

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