Teflon Tony - an Unromantic Poem
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?
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"
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If you can make any suggestions on how to improve my poem, Teflon Tony, I would be delighted to hear from you.
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© 2010 Diana Grant