A book of poems 2008-2016
A Truth Universally Acknowledged
She minded her p’s more than her q’s, Jane Austen,
Polished irony, a pointed pen, punctiliousness
Perfect manners, well punctuated pride, prejudice,
No awkward questions or quibbles about the universe;
Just Mr Bennett was a cynic, D’Arcy a snob
And poor Miss Bates talked too much, nothing worse.
But we’re all like that, that’s why we like her
She our sort of girl, she takes us off just pat,
We don’t want reminding of beasts and monsters
Howling hungrily and prowling the surrounding dark,
As we sit huddled warm round the campfire
Reading Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park.
We don’t want deep anguishing about existence
But polite quadrille, formal manners and glittering ball,
Spiced, perhaps, with Elizabeth’s mild struggles
With conscience, before marrying Pemberley after all.
Oh Saint Jane, patron of little things and small causes
Save us from the raging beasts roaring in the darknesses.
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