Earline’s Daydream

Months turn to years while housewives scrub floors and remove little balls of lint from the collars of their husband’s suits.

On the rind of Earline’s husband’s suit, lipstick appeared. Eddie, of course, was ignorant of its origins, never being near the sort of woman who wore lipstick like that. He rubbed the stubble of his chin, looked up at the sky, and said, “Except for … uh … the jostling in the elevators every morning—we’re like sardines in a can, Earline.” It was the skyward glance and the way he added, “Yeah, maybe that’s it…” that made Earline think of subtracting Eddie’s head from his body. She pictured that little ball of lint rolling into eternity, like a gutter ball spurned from scoring anything but the sting in its eyes when it sees the machete coming—the one Eddie bought her at the thrift shop to round off her pirate wench costume last Halloween.

Course, that’s just Earline’s dream. Housecleaning thoughts, as she rifles through her husband’s drawers.

Brenda Warren 2012

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33 thoughts on “Earline’s Daydream

  1. Brenda how do you do this!? Create a story in such a little bit of space? I love the tone of this- and will now shut down the ‘puter and dream of Eddie and Ealrline.

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    • Thank you for your compliment, Teri, it’s appreciated. Stories like this one come fairly quickly….I used to write more of them, and feel like they may be making a comeback. 🙂

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  2. This was a beaut brenda – gave me a chuckle and reminded me a bit of a song the Dixie Chicks used to sing about a guy named Earl who got his come-uppance also … clever and fun …

    thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, I appreciate it!

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    • I love the Dixie Chicks, and know that song….perhaps it was at play here a bit. The subconscious rises in everything we poets write, methinks….. Thanks Sharon. I’m glad we’re getting to know each other through our work.

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  3. LoveloveLOVE. This whole excerpt belongs in a novel. Especially: “On the rind of Earline’s husband’s suit, lipstick appeared.” This use of “rind,” and the sentence structure, both make me indescribably happy. And this: “Housecleaning thoughts.” So much possibility for double meaning there. Fantastic.

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  4. I have a great-aunt Earline…her husband wasn’t Eddie though (unless…Eddie was her FIRST husband??)…an entertaining tale which used the wordle words flawlessly!

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  5. It’s always great fun when someone uses the words to tickle their own fancy. We all get to join in and share the laughter and grins. Love your character’s name and so glad you chose to have fun with these words. A bit of dark humor can be so relieving and releasing. I, for one, will never spurn the drawers of your subtractive glee in using these rinds of words for your own pleasure and mine,

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/in-one-flashing-moment/

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  6. Reminds me of the joke of the husband who was unfaithful. Ask the gal if she has powder…rubs it on his hands liberally. He gets home and the angry wife at the top of the stairs asks for an explanation. So he goes for the truth…’I went drinking with the boys, met a hot babe and strayed.. can you ever forgive me?’ Wife sees powder all over his hands…’Don’t give me that bull, you’ve been bowling!’ Fun name Earline, fun piece too.

    I’m here:
    http://julesgemsandstuff.blogspot.com/2012/07/sw-64-wordle-diamond-in-rough.html

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  7. Oh, those skyward glances; you know he was lying. It seems you had great fun with these particular words this week; I know i had great fun reading them. I love the way you used ball.

    Richard

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  8. Marianne’s choice is my favourite line as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and how well you developed two characters, set a mood, and told a story in that amount of words. Brava!

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  9. Nice little ditty! Loved the line — Course, that’s just Earline’s dream. Housecleaning thoughts, as she rifles through her husband’s drawers. — house cleaning thoughts indeed LOL!

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  10. Enjoyed your humorous take on the words this week, Brenda! Favorite lines: “made Earline think of subtracting Eddie’s head from his body. She pictured that little ball of lint rolling into eternity, like a gutter ball spurned from scoring!”

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