Center of Attention

Center of Attention

The life and soul
of everyone’s space
Mr. Party Man
Center of Attention
full of swagger
You hear him
before you see him
he likes the hush
All eyes to be on him
and all ears tuned
You laugh and giggle
You are captivated
and he invites
you into his world
and you feel chosen
But you are destined
to be his straight man
and unseen
The butt of his jokes
You will be used
as his prop
and he gets the laugh
at your expense
The same stories
repeated over and over
Same you
Different audience
It will become
Because you
are no one’s fool
let alone this jester
Sucking the life from you
to fuel his ego
Show’s over
Curtain down
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Lillian is hosting D'Verse Poets Open Link Night

Word Prompts:

Jester - Word of the Day
Contentious - FOWC

  33 comments for “Center of Attention

  1. Christine Bolton
    August 9, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Thanks Bill. I certainly agree ☺️

  2. August 8, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Oh, yes. When my introverted life is invaded by extroverts and I can so feel the energy being sucked away. True life poem well done.

  3. August 8, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    I know that man!! I always have thought strings of jokes were just an excuse to avoid communication.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 8, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      He was a narcissist I can tell you that much. That’s why he had to be the center of attention, always. I guess you could call that avoidance but in the mind of the narcissist, who knows, right? ☹️

  4. August 8, 2020 at 1:29 am

    So poignant and honest. Beautiful writing, Christine.

  5. August 8, 2020 at 12:12 am

    Superbly written, Christine!

  6. August 7, 2020 at 10:28 am

    I think we’ve all known people like this. They suck the life out of everything else. (K)

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Is t that the truth K 😕 Thanks for reading!

  7. August 7, 2020 at 5:33 am

    I have encountered men like that – and learned the hard way to keep well away! They suck out self-esteem and spit it in your face, while everyone else thinks they are such good sports, born entertainers. I know what you mean about feeling chosen but being destined to be overshadowed, unseen and the butt of his jokes. That kind of man shrinks you and puts you in his pocket, with all the bits of fluff and dust.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Indeed they do Kim. I love your description ‘with all the bits of fluff and dust’. Yes, that’s how they make you feel. Hope you’re feeling better.

  8. August 7, 2020 at 1:50 am

    I think we can all do without this kind of person in our lives, but for sure we have all met one at least once. Well done, you nailed it!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Ingrid. The type is ubiquitous 😕

  9. August 6, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    He sounds narcissistic and attention seeking!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2020 at 10:32 am

      Oh for sure! 😬 Thanks for reading!

  10. August 6, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Excellent description of the dynamics of a toxic narcissist and the string of energy sources they draw from. It’s difficult to forget the love bombing then the emotional wasteland that comes after 🙁

    • Christine Bolton
      August 6, 2020 at 11:24 pm

      You perfectly describe it Lisa. Did you know him too? Yes the narcissist who uses everyone in his orbit 😕

  11. August 6, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Oh, yeah; I know this guy, too. Probably better than he knows himself.
    You paint so clearly.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 6, 2020 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks so much Ron. We have all known him from different perspectives maybe 🙂

  12. August 6, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    You really nailed this one to the wall in graphic detail! Yes, we need to avoid the center of attention at all cost!
    Well done.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 6, 2020 at 11:18 pm

      Hey thanks Dwight! We may all know this guy 🙂

      • August 7, 2020 at 11:24 am

        I am afraid so!!

  13. August 6, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Ooh good one!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 6, 2020 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks Paula! Did you recognize him 😊

      • August 6, 2020 at 11:32 pm

        Unfortunately 🙁

      • Christine Bolton
        August 7, 2020 at 10:33 am


  14. August 6, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Wake up call!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 6, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      Yes indeed! 😳👍

  15. Beverly Crawford
    August 6, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    So well depicts many toxic relationships. Hopefully he moves on while his victim can still recover. At such times, it is good to believe in karma and feel assured he’ll “get” his one day!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 6, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Beverly! Karma takes care of a lot of things ☺️

  16. August 6, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    LOVE this! I feel like it needs to be part of some epic rap battle at this point. It started fun and then just ended with an “oh, dang!” moment

    • Christine Bolton
      August 6, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      What a great take on it KaylaAnn! I never thought of it that way ☺️ Thanks for reading

  17. August 6, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Whew! That tells quite the story about a particular relationship between two people….symbiotic…one the taker, one the martyr. It’s true isn’t it…with some relationships? One needs the limelight and the other started out being content to bask in the edge of the limelight as long as they were with the person. But then the dysfunctional aspect of the relationship begins and the spotlighted person starts to consume the other person….because the attention of them is waning for some reason. Oh my….you’ve really put your finger on something here. Sadly, the curtain has come down. BUT — maybe …. just maybe …. when the curtain comes down and the “star” moves on to another peon, the one left behind will do some soul searching and find their own self worth….discover they can stand on their own two feet and do just fine, thank you very much.
    What a fascinating post….as you can see, it got me thinking! And isn’t that the mark of a good writer?

    • Christine Bolton
      August 6, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      Lillian you hit the nail on the head! One of the word prompts today was ‘Jester’ and it reminded me of a relationship I had a long time ago. He was a big jokester and very charismatic and yes, I did, disappear. He was larger than life and very funny but it got really old. I look back and wonder why I wasted so much time not being myself 😕
      I’m happy I got it across in my words so that it was understood 👍💕

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