Benny sits opposite the woman
On her cell phone. Her voice drones.
“Yes, you know Eddie, the tall one,
The one with the big blue eyes who

You said reminds you of your kinky
Brother-in-law, without the glasses.
No, not that Eddie, you know the one,
The guy who brushes by you in the office

And has to touch. Yes, that’s him. Well,
He asked me out, and I said, well it will
Have to be somewhere no one knows me
Because if my husband found out he’d

Hit the roof and other things besides,
And he said, OK, and so we went to this
Posh restaurant he knows and well, Julie,
It was quite the place, you know, with

Waiters rushing to and fro and all smiles
And soft voices, and I could feel his hand
Under the table touching my knee, and
I could have wet myself with excitement

Because I knew, what he was after. What?
Well of course we did. You don’t think
He was taking me out just to watch me
Eat do you.” Benny looks at the woman.

She seems oblivious to him being there.
He doesn’t want to hear her voice, but he
Has no choice, but to listen in. “Is he any
Good? Well, better than my husband that’s

For sure.” The woman laughs. “The place?
Some hotel he’s at. Yes, it was very good.
The hotel, silly. And he wanted to come
At me from the rear and I said no way,

Mister, that’s for dogs and animals, and
He laughed and well…Sorry, Julie, have to
Go this is my station. Yes, I will, bye.”
The woman puts her cell phone in

Her bag rises from the seat, looks
At Benny and smiles, and gets off
The train. Benny watches her go down
The platform. The sky is heavy with rain.


Terry Collett

Horsham, United Kingdom

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