Svetlana Polkadotova

Smart, like a slap to the face.

She suffered fools the way a cat strips feathers from a blackbird hauled indoors through the cat-flap.

When she spoke she held a man's attention, like a foot soldier's attention holds when the Field Marshall approaches down the line.

We'd met by chance, the kind of chance you'd have crossing Interstate 495 in rush hour wearing a blindfold.

It had to be a set-up, the kind of set-up Kasparov would only use on a fellow Grand Master.

I was suspicious obviously, the kind of suspicious a cop gets seeing a rucksack left on the subway.

But there was something about the dame I liked, something akin to the strawberry jam you find on top of Devon clotted cream on a warm scone that you hear about from Limeys.

Maybe it was the blue in her eyes, a blue you would normally only see in a mural when touring the Sistine Chapel?

Or was it that laugh that disarmed me like a Muhammad Ali left jab to my jaw?

Underneath I sensed a heart, albeit hidden the way an eye lens dropped in the Great Plains is hidden.

I managed to hold my nerve, the way a catcher holds a fastball from a Hall of Fame pitcher.

But inside I was shaking; palm trees in hurricane season shake less.

I was putty in her hands that day, putty moulded by a glazier after a bomb-blast.

She held me, not unlike ransomeware holds a bank database.

I knew if I stayed I would end up paying a price, a price only an Atlantic City loser would ever understand.

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-Four prompt: Raymond Chandler similes.

CLP 24/04/2022

11 Comments

  1. Haha! Either you have done this before or you are a natural. This certainly moves along naturally.

    1. I read a lot of Raymond Chandler, when I say a lot, I mean a parking lot.

  2. Chado says:

    These are good. Good like a long cool gimlet after you just got run-over by a truck.

    1. Got me chuckling! 🕺

  3. Romana Iorga says:

    Chris, I loved every line here! This one had me guffawing: “Underneath I sensed a heart, albeit hidden the way an eye lens dropped in the Great Plains is hidden.”🤣

    1. Thank you Romana. I am pleased it got you guffawing!! Long time since I have seen that word!

  4. kim881 says:

    You really went to town on this one! I especially enjoyed:
    ‘But there was something about the dame I liked, something akin to the strawberry jam you find on top of Devon clotted cream on a warm scone that you hear about from Limeys’
    and
    ‘I was putty in her hands that day, putty moulded by a glazier after a bomb-blast.’

    1. Thank you, Kim. A town located somewhere in the middle of nowhere, where even the residents don’t know where they are. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. You truly went for broke! Love it, Chris.

    1. I’ve read Chandler since I was a kid, the kind of kid glove makers use to make hand coverings.

      Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it! It was a fun prompt today.

      1. Haha! Enjoyed your reply as much as I enjoyed your verse. You are so welcome.

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