Overview

A woman with a fixed smile dishes up a meal to a partner who has betrayed her

In this poem, Lochhead challenges our usual perceptions of women who have been betrayed by a partner who has been unfaithful.

Instead of presenting the woman as a victim, she is depicted preparing a final meal to mark the end of the relationship. She imagines herself and her girlfriends later gorging themselves on the lies and infidelity of her ex-lover.

In doing so, she presents an unflattering yet truthful depiction of the nature of some female friendships.