The Things She Says - John Whitworth

The Things She Says

My business partner’s run away,
My teenage girlfriend says she’s gay.
She doesn’t know.  She isn’t sure.
She wants more butter for her bread.
She says if she were happy poor
She would have been a nun instead.
My offshore assets have been seized.
She says she’s far too young to wed.
Her sainted mother’s none too pleased.
My business partner’s turned up dead.
She doesn’t know. She hasn’t got
A clue.  She says she loves me.  Not.

John Whitworth


(Previously published in 'Quadrant')