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CLAIRE ORCHARD

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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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