Gary Edward Geraci

Holding Purses

Maybe I’m just

being a bad

sport but there’s

a certain alienation,


having married into

a foreign culture,

when all the guests are

speaking their native


tongue and I am left

there trying to look delighted;

finding ways to keep myself

busy without appearing


disinterested or behaving like

a stick-in-the-mud.

Almost inevitably,

I’m quite cross by


the end of the night;

my mood, befouled;

angry at myself

for being so selfish.


Gary Edward Geraci