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26 February 2010 @ 12:02 am
Poetry - Hotel Affairs  
Title: Hotel Affairs
Author: telturwen
Genre(s): Romance, Betrayal
Rating: T
Disclaimer: All the following content belongs to the author. It may not be used without the author's consent.
Summary: I think this one is fairly self-explanatory, and if I were to sum up, it would give away everything.
Warnings: It gets the tiniest bit sexually graphic, and violence is implied.
Notes: If you don't get it, or you have any questions about how anything is phrased or why some words are used, there is an explanation of symbolize, foreshadowing and language use beneath the poem under the cut.

Hotel Affairs

The underlined phrase that catches the capper;
A little to the left, she's quite a good actor.
A caught whimper, waiting to expose,
But the dynamite inside has already blown.

The tight jeans gripping hips at the lip,
Some soft blue eyes and a diamond kiss.
No one would take the hint that you missed;
You might wanna keep the bellboy's tip.

Smells like a fire, looks like one, too,
A devious glance as he leaves the room.
You're out of your mind, but insanity's nice,
Cuz now there's a reason to call down for ice.


Author's Take (If you have a different take/perspective/opinion for anything in the poem, please let me know. I'd love to hear your thoughts.)

The whole poem is describing an "affair," which is a double meaning (1) an occurrence and (2) infidelity, at a hotel. A woman is having an affair with the bellhop at a hotel that she frequents with her husband.

The first line, "the underlined phrase," is about how she slipped up by saying the bellhop's name or something about him that gave away that she knew him better than Husband realized. This is how the "capper" (n. something that completes or adds to what has preceded it) is "caught." The capper is the bellhop, who has "added to what has preceded him." He's better for the woman than her husband, who she had been previously sleeping with.

"A little to the left." This line shows that (a) the woman is moving away from the bellhop so that her husband doesn't suspect her affair with him and/or (b) that she had been moving away from her husband this whole time, away from their marriage. "She's quite a good actor." This portion of the line shows that the husband realizes that his wife has been acting around him the entire time.

"A caught whimper, waiting to expose," is a play on words. While she is having sex with her husband, she wants to scream the bellhop's name, therefore "exposing" him and their affair, but she catches herself. "Expose" also sounds like "explode," which could make the entire sentence come from a different perspective: the woman is having sex with the bellboy and she is having an orgasm, but she's trying to be quiet about it because she doesn't want her husband to find out.

"But the dynamite inside has already blown." This is also a play one words, and has a double meaning. "Dynamite" symbolizes both (a) the love that the woman had once had for her husband, which has since "blown" up and been destroyed since and (b) the bellhop's load being "blown" inside her. This sentence simply shows that it's too late for the affair to remain a secret, because the woman already gave her husband the clues he needs to confirm that they are having sex.

"Some soft blue eyes" symbolizes the woman's acting innocence, or what her husband perceives as innocence and guiltlessness, while "a diamond kiss" conveys that the kisses that she gives her husband are forever, because they're married and she feels like she's stuck with him forever, as in "diamonds are forever."

"The tight jeans gripping hips at the lip," is an image of her and the bellboy's extracurricular sextivities. Their love life is playful and exciting, which completely contrasts with her and her husband's.

"No one would take the hint that you missed," is simply saying that everyone else knew she was promiscuous, particularly her ex-boyfriends, and knew she didn't want to settle down. But her husband had asked her to marry him, and completely missed the fact that she's kind of a slut.

"You might wanna keep the bellboy's tip." This is both self-explanatory and a more complex statement of foreshadowing. Self-explanatory: the husband doesn't want to tip a man who is fucking his wife. Foreshadowing: later on in the poem, the bellboy has a devious look on his face, which is yet another "tip" to their affair.

"Smells like a fire," is the husband's realization that something is very wrong, because when you smell smoke, you know something is on fire. In this case, his marriage is going up in flames. "Looks like one, too," is the husband actually seeing the attraction between the wife and the bellboy while all three of them are in the room together.

"A devious glance as he leaves the room." This is where the previous foreshadowing comes into play. This is the bellboy's tip to the husband about their affair. In some ways, it's almost like the woman and the bellboy finally want their secret to be out, because they both slip up at the same time.

"You're out of your mind, but insanity's nice, /Cuz now there's a reason to call down for ice." This is basically saying that the husband is going insane with rage, but he find's a way to calm himself. When he "calls down for ice" from the bellboy later on, the bellboy will come up with the bucket of ice and the husband will kill him. It's also humorous because you usually place dead bodies on ice, like in morgues which use freezers to store corpses. This humor further strengthens the idea that the husband will actually kill the bellboy.

The "ice" is a symbol of the coldness emanating between the husband in wife in this story. It symbolizes the coldness of the husband's reaction to his wife's affair (immediate thoughts of murder), and the wife's coldness about their marriage (how she let it fall apart and quickly moved on).