it ain’t me

People I’ve not met in a long time

& he’s fine

there is a smile on his face

& I feel no restraint

apart from that which is expected

from people who knew each other well

once

not seen

each other for a while

as we talk

shake hands

I look over

see his wife’s face

& there I see suspicion

mistrust

some discomfort

& I wonder

who I remind her of

who she knows who doesn’t like me

or I don’t like

some poor gossip

loose affiliation of women

who feel the need to protect their men

don’t have the sensibility

to understand

he has his own instincts

when it comes to dealing

with other men

after all

she will not allow him

to decide her relationships

with her friends

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