There is Nothing Like a Dame—

and there is no dame like a building society or a bank!

Original Text: 
Rosemarie Rowley, In Memory of Her (Dublin: Rowan Tree Press, 2004): 37.
2the world would have gone to hell but for organised sex-
3if boys and girls were left to nature's provenance,
4a person like me would be nowhere at all.
5Oh, I know how to milk attraction
6and stabilise what is essentially of short duration:
7if boys and girls were left to innocence
8there'd be no delighting old men.
9If that sounds unfair, I didn't make the rules-
10all this spontaneity leaves everyone very poor,
11the Church, the magistrates and the building societies
12are all depending on the regulation of love.
13It's the people who won't smile who bother me,

Notes

1] "The title occurs in the musical South Pacific by Rogers and Hammerstein" (poet's note). Back to Line
14] hard fitted: "Patrick Kavanagh's mother's words for the faint of heart" (poet's note). Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2007
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Special Copyright: 

Copyright © Rosemarie Rowley 2007. Not to be republished without permission of the poet.