Definition Of Loneliness
She’ll gargle with laughter on Monday mornings
and try to remember not to spit in the office
when they’re spraying out their weekend tales
on coffee breath and bagged greening eyes.
Someone had a wedding anniversary.
Someone else had a mini break
in a cottage on the south coast.
Someone’s doting boyfriend took her
to London to see a West End show.
She’ll giggle and snigger at weak innuendos.
Go “Oooh” and “Aaah” at expenses unspared.
In quick with questions: “What did you wear?”
“How was the food?” “Did he really say that!”
“Ah, bless – we’ll hear wedding bells soon!”
She’s getting quite the expert:
mistress of covert distraction tactics.
Wind them up and watch them go.
Clockwork toys. Jaws chattering
too fast to think or listen or ask.
She’ll gargle up laughter these Monday mornings
and mostly remember not to spit in the office.
Safe for another week that no one asks her
a single question. Reprieved
from her temptation to lie.