You’re A Strange Man

You, sir,
Are a very strange man,

Housemate who dirties the bathroom,
You got mugged last night,
Gave a statement to police,
And then you said goodnight;

You are blissfully unpeturbed,
Un-needing of any kind of moral support,
Just carrying on as normal;

And I’m just trying to clean up after dinner,
So I can sit down to do some proper writing,

But you’re staring emotionlessly through the backdoorยน,
Whilst smoking outside and facing the door,
And even as I walk in there,
Your body language is undisturbed,

And I tell you,
Tipping my chicken bones into the bin,
With you staring at me like that in the corner of my eye,

That was creepy as fucking sin.

ยน As he normally does.

Image par kuloser de Pixabay


24 thoughts on “You’re A Strange Man

    1. I did sit down and chat with him in the middle of the night when I got up to go to the bathroom, and he told me about being mugged. But he only seem annoyed at losing the cigarettes he went to buy! And today I asked him how he was and whether he was traumatised, but he was totally blasรฉ/emotionless about it. I guess that’s the good side of lacking emotions! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      1. I don’t know if there really is a good side to lacking emotions though as look at the state we are here in the US having a president who lacks any emotions about all the people who are suffering and dying.
        People who lack emotions really scare me!
        That guy is very strange!

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      2. Yeah…no I do agree!

        “People who lack emotions really scare me!”

        Absolutely same here! It’s that ‘uncanny valley’ feeling that I’ve felt around close family members…and why I’ve had so many issues with them ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ, especially my dad. Thank god my youngest brother is emotional and rational too! My dad absolutely terrifies me though ๐Ÿ˜†.

        Agree about trump…terrifying for lacking emotions and for his position of power. That’s at least 3 potentially-nuclear powers with leaders like that…๐Ÿ˜จ And what does that say about trump’s supporters? There are that many people who aren’t disturbed by a lack of emotions?

        When people don’t show emotions, you have no idea what they’re thinking, and their facial expressions are eerie.


      3. It’s so good you have a brother that shows emotions and is rational.
        I gather your father is just the opposite, how very difficult that must be and has been for you, Robin.
        Speaking of trump, he actually terrifies me!!!!!!!
        I just can’t begin to understand all the support he still has!
        Some crazy-ass people here in the good ole USA .

        I had a friend once who showed little emotions but I thought she was an okay person.
        She had a lot of emotional problems and I was always there to help her.
        One day when I was sitting in her living room nursing my son and my daughter was with me also, I heard her rumbling through something in her kitchen and the next thing I knew she was standing in front of me with a knife in her hand and telling me what a terrible mother I was.
        I did not say a word and prayed as I got up to leave with my kids she did not stab any of us as we left.
        I am still traumatized when I recall that day.
        I never saw or spoke to her again.
        I think she just cracked as she lost her kids in a custody battle with her ex-husband.
        Poor lady! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      4. Wow, I was going to wait until tomorrow to reply but then I read the bit about the knife! That was surreal to read that, from the start of the sentence I saw the words leading up to it, felt what was coming in disbelief, then saw the actual words ‘with a knife in her hand’, crazy.

        That would be terrifying with your kids there! Can only imagine that increased your instinctive wariness/fear around people who don’t show emotions. Was the right thing to not see her again, especially with having kids, but yeah, sad for her!

        “I just canโ€™t begin to understand all the support he still has!”

        STILL has? ๐Ÿ˜จ. That’s depressing. Even after being largely responsible for not preventing all these deaths?

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  1. Robin, I am just glad my kids were little when this happened and they have no memory of it happening.
    Once I got in my car and headed home with the kids I remember my daughter saying, “mommy keep driving, it will be okay. ” She was only 5 years old.
    I did not have far to drive but it was hard to drive as I was so shaken and could not stop crying.

    On trump , yes, he still has support from some fools that will support him no matter what he does or what he says, it is very depressing!

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      1. Robin, my daughter probably does remember!
        I myself have not thought about this horrible day in a long time.
        The memory came back to me from your poem and your housemate having a lack of emotions.
        I do wonder what has happened to my friend, though.
        Her name was Debbie and she was a bit of a religious fanatic and always felt she had to pray for me.
        I think the poor dear was the one who needed some prayers!

        I have a great fear of trump being re-elected!
        It can happen!

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      2. “I think the poor dear was the one who needed some prayers!”
        Indeed! Yeah, it feels like bad luck if somebody is adamant that they need to pray for you ๐Ÿ˜†. Like portents of Apollo 13.

        That reminds me, I discovered the concept of Christian Science reading rooms whilst on Bainbridge Island. That was a strange experience, and somewhat spoiled the idyllicism of that place! To this day I still can’t see the need for the words Christian and Science to be together ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ.

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