My ladies writing group is classy—never crass or gaudy.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I found they can be bawdy!
Just one impromptu potluck and a few bottles of wine
turned their metaphoric minds to matters far less fine.
For Jenny had just mentioned that a friend had lately lent her
a rather naughty film that nonetheless had really sent her
off into the paroxysms of unbridled laughter—
the kind that take you wave-on-wave and leave you aching after.
I’d been needing that for months—my life had been sedate
since my old gang had moved away and left me to my fate
of no last-minute games of train and late-night jubilation,
for though I still have good friends here, I lack that combination
of friends that I enjoy who all enjoy each other, too,
enough to create silliness to make my nights less blue.

“Bad Grandpa” was the film we watched, and though I must admit
I watched behind spread fingers for at least a fifth of it,
still the antics had us all just rolling on the floor
—starting with a snicker and then ending with a roar.
Scatology is not my thing, nor are pratfalls or shtick,
yet still I must admit to you, I got a real big kick
from this film filled with all of them, and so did all the others;
so as we watched, it felt like we were all sisters and brothers.
And as they left, I think we knew we’d shared a priceless treasure,
for there’s nothing that unites us like a mutual guilty pleasure!

The Prompt: When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky — in a movie, on TV, or in real life — you had to cover your eyes?

6 thoughts on “Unstarched

  1. Allenda Moriarty

    I am going to feel guilty for having to move. Was just writing Linda today and telling her that the next time you come to Huntsville, she is going to have to come down, and that, yes, when you were here, we did play a game of train. As for Bad Grandpa, we saw it last winter, and as you might imagine, ROARED with laughter. Our girls both saw it and gave it two thumbs up, told us we HAD to see it. Glad you your laugh on. Now for a trip down movie night memory lane, for a real crowd pleaser, host a Borat night. I’m sure they will love a return visit to “the hotel scene” it needs no further critical review. Don’t even pretend you haven’t seen it.


    1. Allenda Moriarty

      I knew you would love it. You can wash your eyes out with bleach, but the vision will be with you always. Enjoy!


    2. Allenda Moriarty

      As I remember, you asked us to go back and play it for you a few more times. What we wouldn’t put up with from our neighbor to satisfy her need for a little tacky thrill every once in awhile.



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