(the programmes are authentic for the day I was born)
I’ve come from the womb
and Henry Wentof, tenor sings
on gramophone records.
I sleep and suckle
while Let’s Be Gay is on the air
and for my mother
The Housewife in War Time.
In the afternoon there’s Kill That Squander Bug,
in the evening Youth Must Have Its Swing
and at sunset Valentine Dyall
reading Milton’s Lycidas.
(Mother, beware of the blind fury
who slits the thin-spun life.)
Last comes Vy Benson And Her Girls’ Band
and the midnight news
and that rounds off
my first day in the world.