sitting in the round


holding tutor sessions in my home

groups of eight or nine

working through difficult stuff

sitting in the round

talking listening

when I noticed one

had gone all squirrely

sitting next to me

placing her bag between us

later the others told me

she was taping these sessions

tho’ they didn’t know the why

she’d run off to the toilet

at each break we had

changing the tape they’d tell

what are you going to do?

let it run let’s see what happens

let her come to me for reasons

& sure enough she did

she’d misconstrued something

I’d said taken offence

had made a complaint to my boss

was gathering evidence

soon after that she never came back

I never said a word to those there

but the words in my head were

sometimes the trash

takes itself out

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