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Teflon Tony - an Unromantic Poem

I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues

My Unromantic Love Poem - a Relationship Nightmare

We All Know People Like Teflon Tony

You know how sometimes you hear a catchy little phrase or comment which grabs your attention because of its oddity or because of the image you get when you hear the words? I love to write down little snatches of things I hear so that I can remember them later and perhaps use them when I write.

What do the words "Teflon Tony" conjure up for you? I had the words floating around in my head for a few months, and then this poem came to me, about a hard man, a manipulative man. It could have been about a woman. But anyway, here's the story:

Teflon Tony

Teflon Tony....a Man With the Empathy of a Crocodile

Teflon Tony....a Man With the Empathy of a Crocodile

Teflon Tony -

My Un-Romantic Poem

Un-Romantic, yes, but did he really love her?

What's your experience - have you ever had a relationship like this, or do you know someone who has?

Teflon Tony

He chose with care a doe-eyed girl
Meek, submissive, young
And wooed her with his oily words
And wily silken tongue.

And whilst he bent her to his will,
She willingly complied,
Eager for his love, she let him
Take her for a ride.

She thought the world of him

Soon the pair were married
At a venue of his choice;
He fell out with her family
And banned them from his house.

He stopped her going out to work,
Insisted she obey: she should
Clean and cook and care for him
And not get in his way.

She couldn't face a scene
So her feelings went unheard.
And if they disagreed,
She would never say a word.

He'd criticize her friends
And inappropriately swear;
Oftentimes his attitude
Was more than she could bear.

When guests came round for dinner
They didn't stay for long
He'd make them feel unwanted
And put them in the wrong.

He'd use up all the gravy,
Or grab the salad first -
Sometimes his thoughtless manners
Made her want to burst.

He monitored her phone calls
Or said she wasn't in;
Friends began to drop away
And loneliness set in;

The more he threw his weight around,
The more she just withdrew.
Ah, but did he really love her?
She never really knew.

The day came when she'd had enough
She packed her bags and fled...
And Teflon Tony wondered
What on earth he'd said.

© Diana Grant 17th December 2010

"She Packed Her Bags and Fled"

Take This Poll About Bad Behavior in Relationships - Let's See What Uupsets People Most

What would make you leave your partner? Would it be unkindness, bad moods, sulks, physical violence, verbal abuse, bossiness, unfaithfulness, or what?

Everyone hopes to be happy in a long-lasting loving relationship, but sadly it doesn't always work out as hoped. Different people have different tolerance levels, and, to some extent, it might depend on what you have seen in your own family as a child.

What's on your mind?

If you can make any suggestions on how to improve my poem, Teflon Tony, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Naturally, if you wish to expand into more of an essay, that's fine too!

It's just nice to know who has been visiting and to receive feedback on my poetry

© 2010 Diana Grant

Leave your comments here - Feedback is great

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on January 04, 2017:

Glad you liked it

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 20, 2016:

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Diana, each poet has their own style

And you must follow you own drummer for a while

Don't think you have missed the beat

Just write what believe and what you must be



Beautiful poem

Blessings my friend

Avi Wolfson from Massachusetts on July 06, 2013:

Great lens, well done!

Susan300 on July 05, 2013:

I dated that guy... :(

Excellent poem. You've captured the situation so vividly!

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on June 07, 2013:

@firstcookbooklady: Were you spellbound?

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on June 07, 2013:

Hi! Hey! I know this guy... :)

goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on June 06, 2013:

Interesting poem. Thanks for sharing.

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on June 05, 2013:

@gottaloveit2: Yes, I know it's common, because when I occasionally read it in public, people really relate to it.

gottaloveit2 on June 05, 2013:

I think your poem is wonderful. I've known a Teflon Tony who is well in my past. I was strong enough to get away the first and only time I asked for divorce, but I know some who were not so lucky.

cmadden on February 20, 2013:

Really enjoyed this.

Spiderlily321 on December 11, 2012:

Great job on this lens!

Brandi from Maryland on September 13, 2012:

I really like this poem...especially the part where she left! :) You're a great writer!

Paul from Liverpool, England on September 13, 2012:

Well captured.

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