there is a coldness
to les anglais
when dealing with the public
a hurry up & go
please cease to bother me
with your needs
(& always oh so polite)
so I can return to my inner dialogue
with that soft eagerness to refute
begin a sentence with a no
no we don’t do that
oh no we don’t offer those
to take a compliment
as a personal insult
an embarrassment
invasion of privacy
how dare you
how very dare you notice
this land of net curtains
at all windows
to hide
shade the inner sanctum
where only family
& a select few close friends
may possibly be welcomed
where hushed voices
amongst the potted plants
will inquire gently
& when do you leave?


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