Judi Sutherland: Sins of Omission


My parents said – I thought it truth –
one never should mis-spend one's youth,
and so I got my homework done
and academic honours won,
but in the process, left behind
the boys with One Thing on their mind.

It really is no use pretending
there's any youth left for mis-spending.
Now in my forties, I repent
that all that youth was not mis-spent.
And what makes it twice the shame?
Unspent, the youths all said the same.