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As if I should care


I met your old girlfriend from years ago today,

at an awards ceremony.


I was a little dressed up,

she was a little dressed down


in jeans and sneakers but still wearing

the wide smile I remembered.


I’ve done a Masters in Geography,

she said, and now I’m doing a PhD.


Geology? I said. Wow.

No, Geography, she corrected me


but still for the next ten minutes I kept

getting it wrong and,


by the third time of my mentioning

my admiration for Geology


as a discipline, her response was shorter, her smile

less wide, as if she was getting tired


of having to correct me,

as if I should care.




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