Latching the Door

Even though guests are expected, 
they have to be allowed in by the host,
who comes to the door,
and lets them in.
It’s clear whose territory this is–
who’s the owner and who’s the guest.

We know he must be in pain–
needing to wound
those around him–
dishing out criticism,
though unable to accept it for himself.

He orders his wife to move a chair
back into the circle where he had placed it.
He’s not interested in her reasons.
She quietly complies.

We don’t have to wonder 
who’s in charge,
we tip-toe around him.