BOLD AS LOVE
Bold as love, netting the fat diamond millionaire
(Fleshy between the webbing, thinning hair)
Quick, foxy eyes, guttering reproofs
Feet swinging above the floor on your swivel chair
A glossy-girl top-knot in your oriental hair.
Cristalle, baubles; husband sweats on improving runs
Beauty among the office girls
Swishing her hair back to laugh
She shoots, she scores, she stuns;
I saw you on the communal roofs, roosting among the
No slap; pinched in the cold.
You looked old. You looked defenselessly open; one
hand dangling a cigarette.
Silver like blood, platinum even
Just to show them, nouveau riche heaven
Snaps at the heeling pup, her chubby husband behind
But he turns, he strays, he finds
Soft, sympathetic, submissive ears to bend elsewhere.
Is he henpecked? Mend your ways, Miss Sweeney
He may slip as you sip your martini, and
The gravy train rolls past with a fixed, forward
SENTINEL POETRY (ONLINE) #30, MAY 2005. ISSN 1479-425X