Monday, February 28, 2011

Pulp Fiction



Pulp Fiction


Such a messy divorce. A trophy
wife, worn like a garnish on a
cocktail glass. Now atrophied
and discarded.
Too easily she peeled back the
layers of herself and exposed a
soft fleshy heart. Congealing, it
lies stone cold, and should never
have been worn upon a sleeve.
She's bitter now, not sour.
Bled dry, lost all zest for life.
This is pulp fiction. Somehow,
it isn't funny.



Posted for Magpie Tales

37 comments:

Lolamouse said...

Divorces can be so messy. You've captured it well. Nice job.

Leslie said...

"it isn't funny."

and yet it is... at least the way you wrote it, with that little twist of dark humor. great imagining!

120 Socks said...

She's bitter now not sour..... very clever and interesting take on the prompt.

Chrissy said...

"pulp fiction..." adds just the right amount texture. "like a garnish..." fabulous use of words and imagery!

Bee's Blog said...

Love, love love every line. Clever take.

Jinksy said...

I enjoyed your clever take on this prompt...

Strummed Words said...

I feel the pain in words and picture!

Tess Kincaid said...

This is a great lemony write. I love how you weaved in bitter, peal, pulp and zest!

Reflections said...

Well done expression of the stings of divorce.

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

So good, Elaine
and pithy :)

Kathe W. said...

excellent take on the photo!

Rashmi said...

Wonderful poem....just apt for the prompt..

Mary said...

Messy business divorce ...and clever wordsmithing too. Well done Elaine.

Ami Mattison said...

Really clever take on the prompt! Love "garnish on a cocktail glass" and the entire synecdoche between a lemon and the wife. Perhaps most of all I love the title. Great write!

Lyn said...

Should have had a pre-nup..problems solved..
this is so smart!! wow..

Andreas said...

How wonderfully playful and ingenious!

Shari Sunday said...

Good take on this image!

Helen said...

Ooooooh .. this will be one of my favorites!!

Elaine said...

Once I had the idea of the lemon (pulp) and the blood scene (the said Tarantino movie which I've never seen) I just ran with the idea. Should've played up the "fork in the road" leading to them going separate ways!!!

Martin H. said...

I really enjoyed this one.

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robkistner said...

Very nice edge on this piece Elaine, a lot captured in an economy of words -- cutting and poignant...

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Mary said...

Very witty, love the word play.

Tumblewords: said...

Probably more truth than fiction in this very readable piece!

Arian Tejano said...

I read this three times. Addictive!

Jim Swindle said...

This is well-written.

versebender said...

Fantastically clever treatment of this prompt. Terrific. vb

Lynn Hamilton Rutherford said...

This was amazing! I can't believe you got such an incredible piece out of the prompt!! Bravo!!!

Kim Nelson said...

Oh Elaine!
I gasped and felt sad. Terrific piece!
My result is on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum:
http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/03/02/ideal-afternoon/

Nanka said...

Very enjoyable despite tackling a grim topic as a divorce and the feelings it entails!!
Cleverly done!!

Trellissimo said...

A well-worked over lemon! Only the pips missing.

Lena said...

A cleverly done piece! And I love the title!

LKHarris-Kolp said...

I really like this... "trophy wife, worn like a garnish on a cocktail glass."

Sandra said...

Interesting and captivating.A somber subject, but a very enjoyable read!

steviewren said...

Pulp Fiction! I love that. Trophy, atrophied, peeled and exposed...worn like a garnish...you my friend mastered this Magpie!

Kristen Haskell said...

Wow that is how I would imagine a relationship like that would turn out.

kavisionz said...

Whoaa!! Intense and dark, this was awesome!! Well, divorces (and sour relationships) really suck!! But your poem was simply stunning!!
Very pulpy fiction indeed! Your wordplay was totally mind blowing! A superb take on the prompt!

Olivia said...

Very intense Elaine!!
Separations have never been pleasant. I have been there a few times already. Divorces? ah well- you already said it- it's not fully!

Way to go girl- very well expressed- I hope things are working up now.

Love xox

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