The Other Woman

Hello Poetry Lovers

The clever and wonderful poet, Trisha Broomfield has inspired us once again with a marvelous piece The Other Woman, from her collection Husbands for Breakfast.

It is poignant, painful, colourful and very true. A real human situation that if we oursleves have not gone through this, we know someone who has.

Thank you so much for this, Trisha. A very moving piece to start off 2021.

Now read on –

The Other Woman

I saw her once

and she saw me.

You’d told me where she worked

and so, quite by chance,

I found myself

in the shop.

I took in the rosy cheeked apples

smiling peaches

and fake grass cloth

the silver weighing scales, boxed dates

her auburn hair.

She felt my eyes on her

and turned.

There was a whole book

in her look

even though she had never before

seen me.

We stared at each other.

An older wearier me

regarded a younger

fresher her.

We knew

and all the time said nothing

until she turned her back,

the other woman,

resigned to what her husband called

his other life

and to the existence

of a younger self.

Trisha Broomfield 2018

Wasn’t that just superb, not only did the poem describe the emotions but also its setting. Thank you, Trisha.

Tune in soon, PL’s for more poetry activity.

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