by Oonah V Joslin
I think of them
as Hairdo and Hard-face and
they’re there every Tuesday
swimming and yet
Hairdo’s permanent wave
never gets wet.
Hard-face wears an impenetrable
mask of determination.
Together they rule the pool
in a glue of conversation.
It’s important to breathe when you’re swimming, I find.
In and out
and so I do.
In and out and up and down I go.
But on Tuesday
get in the way
putting everybody off their stroke
no matter how packed the pool
they give no quarter.
‘Now’t as odd as folk,’ they say.
I listen though you cannot help but hear.
Today it’s barbeque – ‘If ‘t weather ‘olds’
‘’as it got garlic in?’
‘Eee – a don’t know.’
‘it’s a sauce like,
what ‘ee learned in Mexico.’
That might spark up a change to
only the latest ‘in resort’ will do
but as I pass
they get drowned out by the Big O
singing, ‘Blue Bayou’.
So I swim round them
‘cos you can’t get through.
They’re not moving for anyone,
Hard-face and Hairdo…
They’re stuck in the groove
a long-play of trivia of two.
‘you make t’marinade t’ day before
and give it a rest overnight’
Give it a rest?
I don’t believe a word.
I’ll bet they talk in their sleep
I’ll bet their ‘usbands’ sleep in separate rooms
always assuming they can get away.
I find it’s important to breathe when you’re swimming.
But I don’t believe
either of these ever
Oonah V Joslin is Managing Editor of www.everydaypoets.com and blogs at oovj.wordpress.com where you can find links to her other work.
#1 by John D. Ritchie on May 2, 2012 - 8:55 am
Excellent! Beautifully drawn characters with pefectly defined voices. Very funny and well observed.
#2 by jennifer walmsley on May 2, 2012 - 4:47 pm
Really enjoyed and could identify with this. Loved the local accent.
#3 by oovj on May 2, 2012 - 10:33 pm
:) Shhhhhhhhh don’t tell them :)
#4 by Dave Morehouse on May 3, 2012 - 8:09 am
I enjoyed reading about these two ‘ladies’. ;) Nicely done
#5 by Sandra on May 4, 2012 - 7:53 am
Nice one, Oonah.
#6 by Angela Wray on May 7, 2012 - 5:23 pm
Loved this one – witty and lively and true!