Friends With Benefits

Friends With Benefits

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
"

(extra protein included it says)

"
nod nod wink wink
we all know how that works
do we not

those who haven't got time
for commitment who want
a spot of the other

you scratch my back
i'll scratch yours
quite happy to get down
on all fours for a lust in
without the love

well i've found something 
new, bars with benefits
and i'm not talking pubs

for times when i'm starving
when i'm fantasising
over grub

now my digestive system
has turned fairy
and i can't tolerate dairy
but instead i read on the
wrapper, i can eat natural
yes i'm totally free and easy

i'm going nuts 

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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This poem scatters my synapses in five different directions. I love how you compare the old adage of "friends with benefits" to bars with benefits -- the implication being that tasting a person (or people) & then returning the morsel to the candybox for a possible later nibble -- this can be just as complicated as dealing with food allergies! It's never as simple as "friends with benefits" makes it sound. By the way, I have a dairy allergy, but I can eat a little bit of dairy spaced out over days, here & there, as long as I don't overdo it, then I won't have a bad allergic reaction. The problem is, I ignore the warning signs that I'm overdoing it until I finally have a full-blown anaphalectic response. Which is worse? My throat swelling up in pain & my gut screaming in protest . . . or living without cheese? It's a close call. I sympathize with your going nuts. (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

You too Margie have a problem with dairy. Mine is only an intolerance not an allergy, so I am not li.. read more



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So much going on here. I needed to re-read a few times to get the gist. There are so many limitations and loopholes and adaptations that we create.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your visit. I hope you caught the honour in this piece. All good wishes.

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Sort of friends that spoil you and turn the fat jokes on you eh! Good to be able to communicate with comedy. This is what we need in this climate. Thanks for this one. Stay safe,

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Dear kitty, pleased you appreciated the humour here. Many thanks.

Chris
Isn't life just like this, we all want something that one can provide in exchange for something they want lol. This is like a rubik cube so many facets to think of!

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Andrew for your visit and thoughts. Most welcome.

Chris
I can't drink coffee no-more and I do love the coffee. It is terrible when our stomachs turn against us. I love the hot food too. Thank you God for tums. I understand and I liked this poem dear Chris. I hope you are enjoying the days of Summer.
Coyote

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Not so good Coyote when we like food and drink but some of it doesn't like us. Have to adapt to make.. read more
Nuts are probably better for you.
Must admit, I more enjoyed how you began this poem than where it concluded.
After getting "down on all fours," the imagery fell off, considerably.
Being an intelligent woman and outstanding poetess, I know you understand the problem.
I am a mam; all men are dogs.


Posted 4 Weeks Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Ha! Jimmy, you are so honest :)) Thank you for the visit and the smile.

Chris
an unexpected but needed roll in the fiber of hay. must satisfy the desires of the body one way or another. clever parallel drawn to bring home your point (though reminds me that i'm getting older). very relatable and enjoyable - see, not everything that's good for us need taste bad ... :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Pete. Getting used to these nut bars with benefits, though missing all things dairy.
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Have best a man is the best friendship. We have holly love with our love very run way to happy

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Moh for your visit. You are most welcome on my page.

Chris
The power of suggestion.... I only eat delicious Watermelon with
a little salt. If the Watermelon was picked too soon, perhaps it should have been planted under a New Moon. If we were born under a New Moon... would we be "night people"? So many things to ponder
under the Stars. Chris, that is a lovely Avatar. tenderly, Pat p.s. I should have been named "Non-sensical or Non-sequitar... Who knows, just me, Pat

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Pat it is always such a delight to have you visit with your poetical responses. I thank you dearly a.. read more
Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

You are welcome Chris ... our Temps are in the 90’s...wishing you well and safe... fondly, Pat
Okay, Chris, so you tricked us into reading this poem about a food allergy or lactose intolerance (I suffer from the latter). Friends with benefits? Ha.. But, at 52, I'd prefer the food to the lingering after-taste of a soured friendship (with benefits). Plus, there's all that guilt and attorney fees and alimony. So, I guess I'll buy a small chocolate bar and box of Lactaid (lactose reducer) and sit alone watching some movie about friends with benefits. I might read a few more good poems, too. Love this one. I needed a chuckle this afternoon.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Good that this poem made you chuckle. Always thankful for your thoughtful reviews Robert.
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R.E. Ray

1 Month Ago

My pleasure, Chris.
'.. you scratch my back - i'll scratch yours - quite happy to get down - on all fours for a lust in - without the love .. '

That hints at a little of what does you good or evil - wrapping or not, Chris! Can only guess that present goings-on allow for the right ingredients. Of course, helps to know the most reliable manufacturers - but, avoid anything reAd, is said to be poisonous. Fun post, with the inevitable food for thought but, perhaps advisable to keep Gaviscon or anything else available over the counter really handy. Smiling all the way to the sourdough, now.. ..

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emmajoy

1 Month Ago

Surely seeds are for the tweety birds, nuts give you indigestion: better to sit in a local garden .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

You are probably right there :)
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

Not o ten adamant b ut, know so! :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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