pushes himself in to the bar
bellies right up ordering
looking all around
are you Neil?
he says kinda wild eyed
sure I go that’s me
he looks around again
like he’s checking the exits
the odds against him
you know Diane x?
no I say, I don’t
who is she?
as he starts pulling on my arm
lets talk over here
Diane is, was my wife until you…
& in the anger, there is a tear there
I don’t know this Diane, you, I say
so, don’t lets start putting stuff on me, ok
I got your name, this bar, this crowd
& here you are….
& I look over to the other Neil
he’s trying hard not to look over
while looking nervous about this fella
holding grudges right in front of me
this Neil you want teaches at x?
he nods, yeah that’s where they met
I call the barman over, tell him where I teach
you teach at y he says…been there a few years
& the fella is not entirely convinced
but he’s starting to get there
your Diane is not one of my students
as I look over see Neil slipping out the side door
dark haired fella much as me?
teaches business studies, accounting?
he nods again, yeah she’s business studies
& he looks helpless now
I’d give him a man hug if his intent
was not obvious hurt
does she know you’re here?
she’s outside in the car
all messed up by you, this Neil
finishing the fling yesterday
& I’m furious with her, him, you
he rushes out the door before the tears come
& then there comes a shouting
because of course Neil had seen her
had been talking out his love in the car
as the jilted hubby shot out the door
full of feelings & fear
he’d made a fool
of himself with the wrong fella in the bar
we enjoyed the show as he chased Neil
out of the car, around the car
& gave him a cuffing about the ears