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The Charms of the Elite

Updated on December 25, 2012

The Charms of the Elite

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Trite conversation.

I smile, shallow,

eyes darting for any target.

Her words keep coming,

relentless, a blur.

Mind wanders,

attention waning,

she continues unabated,

her trill sounds,

music to her ears.

Me, caught like a rabbit

in a steel trap.

I clear my throat,

she looks right through me,

her slit of a mouth

creating breeze.

My head turns,

someone must save me.

She’s laughing,

her teeth the cost

of my superannuation.

Her eyes are rolling,

what is she talking about?

Her voice is like an angle grinder,

cutting through a carcass.

I think of my cat,

the washing that needs hanging,

anything but this.

I smile sweetly,

a model of social etiquette,

without the heart.


there is a vocal inflection.

Hell, was that a question?



A look of expectation,

and I fidget,


Then, an awkward half-smile,

‘Exuse me, please.’

I walk away...I am free.

I just hate these parties.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks again for dropping by Bibaya. Glad you liked it.

      Thanks for reading Silva; just hate people like that, but it is funny.

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      Silva Hayes 

      7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I love this one; we can all relate! My favorite, "her trill sounds, music to her ears." Haha, true of so many.

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      7 years ago

      Funny and amusing. As a poet you can compose poetry on all kinds of emotions.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks alot Jo, I'm glad your enjoyed it.

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      7 years ago

      Bravo! very funny and it so made sense. I loved the picture of the older lady and her facial expression! This is priceless..great job! :) Blessings..voted up

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Movie Master, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Tony, so funny, we can all relate to these awkward moments, loved it and voting up.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading Jacqui and your comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

      Too true Flora. I hate people who are false and full of themselves. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      7 years ago

      I can't tell whether the people in the photos are being funny or are seriously full of themselves. The top one looks staged, but the bottom one-I doubt it. That woman in the -uh-bathing suit?-I think she thinks she looks chic and appropriate for a black tie event.

      Unfortunately, these situations don't just happen at parties.

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      7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Very funny hub. We've all been in these situations and I can relate to a similar incident at a party not that long ago. Good job.


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