The Paper Man

The Paper Man

He’d thought her an open book,
there to be grubby-thumbed,
spread wide and devoured
before discarding,
drink-sodden and used.

The optimum specimen
from a formula
tried and tested
to perfection.

His girls, he likes them with
high heels and low self esteem.
He finds it works best that way.
At a pinch he’ll sacrifice
the former,
the latter being essential.

He thought, that first night,
she was just his cup of tea.
Her bit-lip smile
revealing
all his favourite insecurities;
a squeamish self-loathing,
her need to people-please.

Easy escapism. Nothing
too challenging.
A quick-fix
throw-away.

Yet this one was deceptive:
irrespective of her quavering
self-doubt,
she viewed him clearly,
she sussed him out.

Twists the snappable
stem of her glass.
Cool eyes undilated.
She’ll cut him like paper.
Turn him to pulp.

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12 responses to “The Paper Man

  1. This. Was. Awesome. I love your work.

  2. Such a beautiful plot twist. I love it!

  3. Oh, I love this…cut him like paper!

  4. How things can change in an instant. Good one.

  5. Ooh I really really love this Holly. 😊

  6. Holly, you have raised the bar for us all! You are on fire!

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