Mill worker mates. For Wendy Higson.
Charabanc to seaside outing
and in being with them all
out went the tide drudge of work
in came the tide of pure enjoyment.
Skirts tucked in knicker legs
little screams when they couldn't jump high enough
to stop cold seawater from chilling higher up moon white legs
small laugh inspiring shocks
later laid to rest with hot fish and chips
followed by a couple of milk stouts
how kiss me quick happy they were then
and so daring!
completely full of carefree feelings
wanting to find out once and for all
what the butler actually did see.
These girls were made of rough diamond stuff
combined Joan of Arc and Gracie Fields material
stitched together with Shirley Valentine cotton
being boredom healed by their wonderful togethernesses
each of them like individual keys
opening others cupboard doors of fun
into which this and all ensuing days could be stored
and brought out again in the light of old age.