Me

Ah, those fleeting first memories of when you were young –
And three;
And the pain of the bullies at school –
When you flee;
And the master who gives you a passage in French –
A précis;
The holiday journeys to Scotland and France –
Carefree;
And the sailing on “Carmen” with father in charge –
Burgee;
Those years in the barracks, the uniform, drill –
Draftee;
The thrill when awarded just better than “B” –
Good degree;
The first proper girlfriend you take to a dance –
Latch-key;
The very first job when you haven’t a clue –
Employee;

You’ve found your first wife and the family arrange –
A marquee;
The long export trips to the ends of the earth –
Gum tree;
And to places exotic on a wing and a prayer –
Rupee;
The stories of how you just flew down the slopes –
Apres-ski;
You’re managing people who cannot be managed –
Ennui!
You’re at home on the stage where you wish you could stay –
Emcee;
You’ve bought a new house that you cannot afford –
Mortgagee;
And you privately send both your children to school –
High fee;
With your marriage in trouble you panic and flee –
Peccavi;

But you’ve worked thirty years and you’re done –
Oh, the glee!
No more driving to work in the rain –
Jamboree!
You’ve survived all those turbulent years
You are free!
You meet a new wife, a soul-mate in trumps –
Apogee!
Great musicals written, seen only by me –
Do – re- mi
The travels in Tuscany, Napoli, Rome
And Pompeii.
The luncheons and chatter at Café Milano –
Devotee;
The great dinner parties with people who’re smart –
Repartee.
Now you’ve time for creation, reflection and friends –
More tea?
The pension from work has been tied to inflation –
Yippee!
But now you are creaky and grumpy and old –
Bad knee;

But suddenly a new generation appears –
Bootee;
And they’re cute as can be and exactly like you! –
Pedigree;
Now a grandfather’s something that happens to others –
Not me!
In due course it’ll happen to you –
You’ll see!
You’ve a new lease of life, and it’s great! –
Yessiree!
It’s just as fantastic as being a Dad –
Guarantee!
You’ve everything possible man can require –
And foresee;

Can I take my dear wife on departure –
Suttee?

March 2004