The Other Women (another draft)

February 22, 2010

How does the woman find out
that her husband is sleeping
with his perfectly manicured
Sainsburys assistant?

She finds two pairs
of 3D glasses
and a nail file,
hidden in his sandwich box.

She imagines their uniforms
behind a door,
the night he was working
away in Walsall,

the conference in Birmingham
the training in Peckham,
the week with his collegues
at the all night metro.

What does she do
with the bottle of perfume
she finds with a scarf?
Not her colour, not her smell.

What does she say
when he brings home flowers,
unsold stock,
roses, freesias.

How does she behave
when they go
to the cinema?

she looks at him
when he thinks
she’s watching the film.

Second stanza by Tony Martin.

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