Dancing Dust

Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)

Vive la difference

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When in subfusc my Julia goes
To her exams, how strangely shows
The divertissement of her clothes!

Young Colin wears cap, gown, white tie,
Black suit, plain shirt, to naked eye
Like other Colins going by.

But Julia's tie is ribbon, wool,
Velvet or chiffon, frothy tulle,
Thin as a string or ruffled full.

Her shirt has frills of nylon lace,
Flounces, or broderie anglaise,
A personal, a female grace.

But when you look beneath the knee,
Ah then, what varied charms you see —
No bas-bleux Julia's hosiery!

cf  Herrick, Upon Julia's Clothes

Oxford Times, 25 June 1965