Ode to My Handkerchief


I dropped you that first time
When I was younger and flirty
As I sashayed past
The cutest guy at cotillion.
He snatched you right up
Before you got dirty
And presented you back,
His smile worth a million.

I batted my lashes
As he bought lemonade;
In my white-gloved palm,
I held you discreetly.
I tried not to perspire
(It was even hot in the shade);
I was a proper young miss,
My words twanging sweetly.

At the wedding, I twisted you,
My nervous hands shaking;
My husband downed bourbon,
Then passed out on the floor.
I cried in your soft silk,
My lonely heart breaking,
But I lacked the willpower
To walk out of the door.

Now seven years later
You’re still perfectly pristine,
While I’ve fallen from grace
And am no longer a belle.
A couple capsules of arsenic–
Who knew I was this mean–
Oh, my beloved handkerchief,
We’re still together in my cell.

ยฉ๏ธ2023 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Ode written for the Skeptic’s Kaddish W3 46.

41 responses to “Ode to My Handkerchief

  1. Good one Paula. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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  2. Brilliant Paula! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Sweet; well written & funny at the same time! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  3. This is such a lovely poem.

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  4. Oh, this ended way differently than it began!! Marvelous treatment of a plot twist, Paula… Superb!!

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  5. Made me smile, a handkerchief to hide your guilt?

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  6. Ha! At least the hanky can be counted on.

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  7. I love your history of a handkerchief. Quite an interesting life…

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  8. Great ending Paula ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. That handkerchief contains mischief!

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  10. Haha, nice ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the twist at the end.

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  11. A couple of capsules of arsenic?
    how was this used?
    are you in jail for misusing arsenic?
    Have I misread the poem? ๐Ÿ˜
    Iโ€™m a bit slow, you know.

    btw, love the poem ๐Ÿ’š

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  12. Oh wow โ€” didnโ€™t see that coming. What a great story. Intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Wow! Paula that one took a dark turn so quickly! I think I have whiplash!

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  14. Paula, I’m not entirely certain, but you may be something of a poetic genius ~ that ending just came out of left field for me! โค


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  15. Paula ~ I just wanna let you know that this week’s W3 prompt, hosted by our beloved Punam Sharma, is now live:

    W3 Prompt #47: Weaโ€™ve Written Weekly

    Enjoy โค

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