M.J. Lemon

Venom - Poem by M.J. Lemon

Rocco and Sandy
were free spirits and
the people next door knew
that's what Sandy told them

They were a couple

They played for years traveled all
the world that was worth seeing and then moved
in, Rocco and Sandy
she kept her pet constrictor on ice
in the freezer because his free spirit
was too much
for anyone around
to handle

She talked to Rocco in a voice
that bled into the walls of the neighbour's place
the place across the lane

A voice that carved its
meaning into a being
with a purpose that seemed to be to drown out
the vacuum cleaner
or construction workers who might be
jackhammering somewhere on the block

Sandy made sure the dog
was walked and groomed
and when both were home
that the vegetables got chopped
at four
for dinner
at six
Certain days were always for laundry
others for cleaning props and sorting
costume jewelry

one day before Easter
all of Rocco turned as hard and cold as
the snake
found both Rocco and the antifreeze
in the shed

The other surprise came one Sunday when
Sandy became the one to keep
tradition alive by asking next door
for the orange juice to
go with the Southern Comfort and vodka
and Blue

they were a real couple

Topic(s) of this poem: death, life, real life

Form: Free Verse

Comments about Venom by M.J. Lemon

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/16/2017 4:50:00 AM)

    People next door. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

    Mj Lemon (2/16/2017 11:14:00 AM)

    ....based on memories from a long time ago. Thanks so much, Edward.

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  • Sister Frances (1/10/2017 11:27:00 PM)

    Very clever ending ;)
    I loved this narrative piece...It drew me in and kept reading a tale laced with venom.
    Very clever that ending...orange juice to go with the Southern Comfort and vodka and Blue... that's the ingredients for cocktails I'm familiar with...the blue and southern _crew... and I guess that was Rocco's ending.
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    Mj Lemon (1/11/2017 10:54:00 AM)

    Thank you so much, Sister Frances. Yes, there was so much venom in the lives of these two people.I found a certain irony in that cocktail. Thanks again.

  • Terry Craddock (1/9/2017 9:32:00 PM)

    Rocco and Sandy were definitely an attraction, did anyone sell tickets, were they good neigbours and good friends, I guess a little on the loud side until Rocco got into the antifreeze, makes me wonder what they left in the wake of their world travels? (Report) Reply

    Mj Lemon (1/10/2017 12:11:00 PM)

    Thanks so much, Terry. Rocco and Sandy were indeed unique. I did change a few details, but this is based on a true story that took place some time ago. Like you, I wonder and think about them at times. Thanks again.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 9, 2017

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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