Souvenirs du Temps Bien Perdu

Original Text: 
A. J. M. Smith, The Complete Poems, ed. Brian Trehearne (London, Ontario: Canadian Poetry Press, 2007): 84.
2Pretty breasts and little buttocks, oh! the Joycean sweets of sin,
3As I fumble at the button and elastics yours are in!
4Kiss and whisper, kiss and whisper, murmur, tighten, stiffen, press;
5Knickers on the wicker rocker-such a sweet untidy mess-
7Blouse and bloomers, blouse and bloomers, and a garter on the floor;
8Pimply breasts and chilly buttocks, beautiful no more:
9Did we wake the bloody landlord? Will he hammer at the door?


1] Cf. A la recherche du temps perdu (1913-27) by Marcel Proust (1871-1922).
bloomers: short skirts and long loose trousers gathered closely round the ankles (OED). Back to Line
6] An allusion to Molly Bloom's monologue in James Joyce's Ulysses (1922). Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire / Sharine Leung
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