Stanza two

In this stanza, the speaker's focus shifts away from the meal she is preparing for her unfaithful lover to her anticipation of enjoying a meal of a different kind.

She imagines the first meal done with and the leftover hash she’d make of it among friends.

In contrast to the unpleasant experience of the last meal with her lover, she is looking forward to sharing and feasting on the details of the end of their relationship.

The strength of the bond she feels with these women is emphasised when she capitalises her description of them as The Girls.

Extending the food metaphor, she describes the very good soup/she could render from the bones of their affair which she describes as substantial and extra/tasty if not elegant.

The implication is almost that the end of this romantic relationship will provide some sustenance or nourishment for herself and her friends.

While a break up is usually associated with pain, here pleasure is to be found in dissecting the bones and carcass of his infidelity.

In doing so, Lochhead turns female solidarity and support into something a little more sinister.