We were texting.
Olga said, 4 a portrait.
I told her no 1 does ur portrait in the middle of the night.

She knew,
to be careful of older guys in chat rooms and stuff,
but this one walked right in,
said get ready,
come downstairs.

I said, where r ur jewels?
She said, in my dress, stitched inside.
She sent me a j-peg.
I said you rock that, girl. Now sneak
out. Meet me at Bigby's.

She said idk.
I said, they got BOGO. Just come.
She sent an emoji and that was it.

Years later, living in New York City and older than shit,
we still were BFFs.
She'd been sober 27 years.
I'd been divorced twice.
Sometimes she'd see Putin on the television and trash him in Russian.
I found her a meme of him falling off a horse,
and showed it to her on my phone.

We laughed til I started coughing.
She banged her palm against my back until I could breathe.
"Thanks, Your Highness."
"Fuck you," said Olga, but she meant "welx".

for Izy's Out Of Standard.


De Jackson said…
This is pure genius. Pure, evil, genius.
I may or may not have just snorted liquid out of my nose.
TexWisGirl said…
once again, your creativity amazes me.
Gillena Cox said…
Interesting, lot of sass

Much love...
Isadora Gruye said…
This one is boxing clever! I enjoyed the sardonic texting dialogue. Just well fucking done, dear!
Outlawyer said…
So so clever. Hope you are feeling better. k.
Sherry Blue Sky said…
I love it. So freaking clever.
Hannah said…
Brilliance! Love the dialogue. :)
Kerry O'Connor said…
What a fantastic idea, which only you could turn into poetry this good.
hedgewitch said…
I thought this prompt would speak your language--and here you speak two, blended into the way things just R. And I'm thinking in French the more it changes the more it stays the same, n'est pas? Very important to always keep your jewels stitched up safely.
Mama Zen said…
This made me smile for miles.
brudberg said…
Ha... I was drinking water while reading... now I sneeze it through my nose.. My emoji are all ascii alas :-D
Susie Clevenger said…
Oh yes, you can run with a challenge. Love the text interplay. Great stuff!!
Margaret said…
poetic texting combined with character driven story line - none can do it better. This challenge was FAR beyond my creative abilities....
Bekkie Sanchez said…
This was wonderfully entertaining!

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