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Teflon Tony - an Unromantic Poem

Updated on February 23, 2016
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I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues

My Unromantic Love Poem - a Relationship Nightmare

We All Know People Like Teflon Tony

You know how sometimes you hear a catchy little phrase or comment which grabs your attention because of its oddity or because of the image you get when you hear the words? I love to write down little snatches of things I hear so that I can remember them later and perhaps use them when I write.

What do the words "Teflon Tony" conjure up for you? I had the words floating around in my head for a few months, and then this poem came to me, about a hard man, a manipulative man. It could have been about a woman. But anyway, here's the story:

Teflon Tony...a Man ~With the Empathy of a Crocodile


Teflon Tony -

My Un-Romantic Poem

Un-Romantic, yes, but did he really love her?

What's your experience - have you ever had a relationship like this, or do you know someone who has?

Teflon Tony

He chose with care a doe-eyed girl
Meek, submissive, young
And wooed her with his oily words
And wily silken tongue.

And whilst he bent her to his will,
She willingly complied,
Eager for his love, she let him
Take her for a ride.

She thought the world of him

Soon the pair were married
At a venue of his choice;
He fell out with her family
And banned them from his house.

He stopped her going out to work,
Insisted she obey: she should
Clean and cook and care for him
And not get in his way.

She couldn't face a scene
So her feelings went unheard.
And if they disagreed,
She would never say a word.

He'd criticize her friends
And inappropriately swear;
Oftentimes his attitude
Was more than she could bear.

When guests came round for dinner
They didn't stay for long
He'd make them feel unwanted
And put them in the wrong.

He'd use up all the gravy,
Or grab the salad first -
Sometimes his thoughtless manners
Made her want to burst.

He monitored her phone calls
Or said she wasn't in;
Friends began to drop away
And loneliness set in;

The more he threw his weight around,
The more she just withdrew.
Ah, but did he really love her?
She never really knew.

The day came when she'd had enough
She packed her bags and fled...
And Teflon Tony wondered
What on earth he'd said.

© Diana Grant 17th December 2010

"She Packed Her Bags and Fled"


Books about Relationships Which Might Help You - Even if they don't save your relationship, they might help you to understand what is happening

Don't just bottle things up and blank them out of you mind - talk to someone, or pick up a self-help book. With a little more understanding about what is happening, you might be able to turn things around, if the relationship is worth saving, or at least identify what is happening, so that you can be more clued-up in future.

Take This Poll About Bad Behavior in Relationships - Let's see what upsets people most

What would make you leave your partner? Would it be unkindness, bad moods, sulks, physical violence, verbal abuse, bossiness, unfaithfulness, or what?

Everyone hopes to be happy in a long-lasting loving relationship, but sadly it doesn't always work out as hoped. Different people have different tolerance levels, and, to some extent, it might depend on what you have seen in your own family as a child.

What do you consider to be the worst marital misbehaviour?

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What's on your mind?

If you can make any suggestions on how to improve my poem, Teflon Tony, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Naturally, if you wish to expand into more of an essay, that's fine too!

It's just nice to know who has been visiting and to receive feedback on my poetry

© 2010 Diana Grant

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      Diana Grant 14 months ago from United Kingdom

      Glad you liked it

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      Diana, each poet has their own style

      And you must follow you own drummer for a while

      Don't think you have missed the beat

      Just write what believe and what you must be



      Beautiful poem

      Blessings my friend

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, well done!

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      Susan300 4 years ago

      I dated that guy... :(

      Excellent poem. You've captured the situation so vividly!

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @firstcookbooklady: Were you spellbound?

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      Char Milbrett 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi! Hey! I know this guy... :)

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Interesting poem. Thanks for sharing.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @gottaloveit2: Yes, I know it's common, because when I occasionally read it in public, people really relate to it.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I think your poem is wonderful. I've known a Teflon Tony who is well in my past. I was strong enough to get away the first and only time I asked for divorce, but I know some who were not so lucky.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed this.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Great job on this lens!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I really like this poem...especially the part where she left! :) You're a great writer!

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Well captured.