Martin John: The Ruined Wife

(After Thomas Hardy)

"Amanda, my dear, this does everything top!
Who could have supposed we should meet in this shop?
And whence such old garments and such poverty?" −
"O didn't you know I'd been married?" said she.

− "You left us in fashion, smart shoes, Gucci bags,
Fond of nights at the opera with young men in Jags,
So why these old jeans with a rip at the knee?" −
"Well that's how we dresses when married," said she.

− "At home we remember your sweet voice and how
You’d say Daahling! and Super! and Frightful!, but now
The way that you’re speaking is quite slovenly.” −
"You loses yer polish with marriage," said she.

− "Your hands were so soft then, your face young and fair
Yet today I'm appalled by your greasy grey hair,
No gloves, dirty fingers and no jewellery. " −
"We has to work hard when we're married," said she.

− "You used to call home-life a glorious dream,
And you'd laugh, and you'd smile; but at present you seem
Too tired for parties or fun by the sea." −
"You gets pretty shattered when married," said she.

− "I wouldn’t want rags and a permanent frown,
Or old worn-out shoes and to trudge about town!" −
"Don’t worry, a single girl, such as you be,
Need not expect that. You ain't married," said she.