Long weekend at the Gertrude Abbot
Jack and I are going out to dinner
Bye bye ladies!
Oh Jack, you do look so smart Wait a bit
While I adjust these lilacs, so thoughtful
And give me a little hand up these steps
The hall so long so white so white
Well, here we are but
Who are all these old people?
Old men! Old white-topped lacy ladies!
Where’ve you brung me Jack?
What’s this clang-clang of spoons on metal
Rattle of chests — old chests burst like
Old bean pods
Rattle bang, there’s a bed pan, cold steel
And mops and baked beans
But Jack and I used to go to only the best Cafes
Ah now, he’s bending over me, Jackie’s all in white
So gentle he lifts me, so gentle the needle
When I was a girl I could run like a deer
My hair reached my knees
Bye bye ladies
Bye bye Matron
Jack and I float down the hall to dinner
(So white, so white) hold my hand Jack
Hold my hand, just now,
While I adjust these lilacs.