Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Entre Nous, George....

George Tooker self portrait
Oh, don't look so stunned,
as if God had unfriended you.
Just keep tying your sweater arms around your shoulders like that,
and the right man will come through.

Now let's talk about your barber.
Either grow it out or shave, but not this.
You're more Paris than Parris Island, and that fivehead, oh my.
So wrong. So remiss.

Get that shell. It's for you!
It's Clara Bow calling, she wants her lips back.
Here's a drapery, wrap it around that tree trunk as an ascot.
You're welcome. 
My lips are sealed;
I'm the very soul of tact.
_______ 

For mag 289.

 

19 comments:

Gillena Cox said...

luv the sassiness of this poem

much love...

Kerry O'Connor said...

Well, he was just asking for it!

Mama Zen said...

"It's Clara Bow calling, she wants her lips back."

You slay me, lady.

Elena Sands said...

Wonderful work. Reference to Clara Bow was perfect. I also liked "as if God had unfriended you." I can imagine. Maybe even god gets tired of cat videos and pictures of someone's half eaten lunch. ;-)

said...

Oh my word. I haven't laughed this hard in some time.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I especially love the Clara Bow line too. Cackling.

brudberg said...

Perfectly right about that coiffure.. not my taste either.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, lovely fun! (Daring to say what most only think.)

hyperCRYPTICal said...

He-he! Love it!
Anna :o]

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Remember, Shay, if you can't say something nice, come sit by me.

Cloudia said...

Ha!







ALOHA
ComfortSpiral

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Susie Clevenger said...

Love this..especially the ending!! It gave me giggles for my late night of insomnia.

Padmavani said...

A good laugh. Thank you! :D

hedgewitch said...

All I can say is, this painting deserves everything you gave it, and you really gave it from the heart. ;_)

Tess Kincaid said...

Oh ha! I was hoping someone would mention the sweater!

Kathleen's Blog said...

You summed it all up perfectly! As I was reading down through the lines, I kept scrolling back up and looking at the picture----hahaha---wicked good!!!!

Susan said...

Harsh! But then we all can be that way looking at ourselves in the mirror, when talking to ourselves, and when trying to change the world.

Kathleen said...

Hmmmm . . . do you happen to be one of the critics in the back of a fashion magazine, commenting on some rather poor form in public? If not, you should be! Loved the the tree trunk as ascot!

Ankita said...

i really enjoyed this take! nice :)