It was the question of a child.
“Why is Angie’s Job being extended
and mine terminated – there must be a link?”
“No.” And he is disappointed in me
didn’t think I was “like this …so … so … small minded.”
The door was closed
the discussion did not remain behind it
at morning break : silent hostility – sore loser.
A palace guard forms around Angie,
she becomes someone I seldom see and can’t get near –
never alone –
a person only at distance,
as if guardians fear a stalking tongue, or worse.
Before leaving I must I return books and periodicals
the library is a former dwelling
a wall has been removed
two rooms where there were once three
forming an L
around which I am not visible
she comes in.
silence pours slowly – treacle on a cold morning
“I feel like I took your job.”
I was angry – angry beyond belief
but sexual pride still rises
an attractive woman
pert and shapely
girlish and womanly – innocent and knowing
“I wouldn’t worry about it.”
She would be over 50 now
I wonder if she still has her most valuable asset or,
has time faded her to a single look.