She knows the right people,

names names,

wears them with pride. 


Wears jeans by Stella McCartney,

shoes from LK Bennett,

bags by Louis Vuitton.


Her diary is full -

free tickets to first nights

at Glyndebourne, The Palladium,


film premieres.

The ping of a message comes

bringing lavish detail, back story. 


She loves everyone to death just in case,

makes dear friends on the wing

in Pseremos, Amalfi. 


A lifetime ago it was

a rusty Volvo to Donegal,.

ear to a sea shell, small fantasies.


Well we all have to start somewhere

where the sea rushes in and out

with so much to shout about. 




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jennifer Malden

Thu 26th Jul 2018 15:07

Hi Ray! Great work as usual! We all know people like this, and perhaps were fond of them when they had the rusty Volvo! Probably they were happier too^


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Wed 18th Jul 2018 21:33

Thanks Keith for observational comments. The lady in question is my wife's friend of many years, her mother was in service - from humble beginnings the inflation began -there is a need for pretence ingrained. She has enough money to live the dream!

Brian, I checked out that track - what a genius. He was Undervalued at the time, but full of social gems. I love "back yard bacchanal." Cheers!

Thanks for all your likes, Col, Jon, Anya, Becky and Uncover.

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Brian Maryon

Tue 17th Jul 2018 22:33

Ray - was this inspired by Jake Thackray's 'Kirkstone Road Girl'? If not it should have been.

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keith jeffries

Tue 17th Jul 2018 20:36

You paint a picture of some gushing woman who desperately seeks attention. I have known a number os such people, men also, who conceal a rather inadequate personality. The poem is well put together and the final stanza really does have the final say.
Thank you for this.

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