What married people like best
To hear that other marriages are on the rocks;
that A has slept with C instead of B,
and B, on finding out, has changed the locks,
hurled A’s new golf clubs high into a tree,
and yes, uncorked and poured away
his last remaining 97 Montrachet.
And then, a decent interval elapsed,
that B has let A back into her bed
(his former thing with C defunct, collapsed),
A having promised X and Y and Z;
and married life, back from the brink, goes on once more,
a little wearier and more watchful than before.