The Conversants

1 Sep

The introduction,
brief repartee,
the conversants come to the point
where the one who is
will say to the one who is not:

“You’re not from around here, are you?”

in a slightly condescending way,
and then go on to give advice as to
the wheres and not to wheres
and the whos and not to whos
and all the things to see and do,

and you,
the one who is clearly not,
will smile and listen,
politely nod
while the one who is
goes on and on,
in that slightly condescending way
who then will say,

“Welcome! We’re glad you’re here!”

Yet you know — it’s perfectly clear —
the sentiment is strained
through clenched, but slightly smiling teeth,
as is your feign-ed gratitude
for this intolerable interlude.

And you turn away to meet someone new
most glad to the heart
that you are not yet part
and are not from around here — yet.

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One Response to “The Conversants”

  1. emmylgant September 15, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    Ah yes! To be glad to not quite ever belong….

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