Monday, June 9, 2008

16. Ah! Nostalgia!


I bet you have mornings, the same as me,
When you slouch out of bed and you slurp your tea,
And your throat is sore and your mouth is dry,
And you look at life through a jaundiced eye.
And you pick your clothes up from off the floor,
Where you'd thrown them down the night before.
And you pull on your jeans, and you can't escape
from the fact that the zip has started to gape!
And you drag a comb through your lifeless hair,
And you pull on a shirt that needs repair,
And you look at that row of double chins,
Brought on by too many pies and gins.
And you have a cough and you wobble and flop
Down the street to the local shop.
And you know you're not going to win a prize.
You're not even a sight for the sorest eyes……..

I had a day like that last week,
When I was feeling way past my peak,
And I knew, as I stood in the checkout line,
That I'd never be anyone's Valentine.

And then I turned! And it was him!
I felt my senses start to swim!
Oh yes it was him! Oh yes it was Ray!
I knew him as though it were yesterday.
He was tall, distinguished, smart and slim;
Grey at the temples, but taut and trim.
His dapper little moustache was daring!
He had an erect and elegant bearing.
His piercing eyes were a brilliant blue!
Well, I did what any girl would do………..

'Its me, Elvira,' I whispered low,
Back in the days of long ago.
The line of shoppers passed us by.
He looked bewildered, a little shy.
'It's me!' I said 'It's me! It's me!
We met when I was twenty three!

You must recall the night we met!
Its magic lingers with me yet!
It was there, at the Hammersmith Palais de Dance,
That you threw me that provocative glance.
I wore that dress that was cut quite low;
I think that was why you said hallo.
'Do you come here often?' I heard you say,
And I knew Romance was on its way.
My perfume was called 'Drums in the Night!'
The revolving ball above was bright.
You squeezed my waist, you squeezed my hand
As we danced to Billy Cotton's band.
'I'm feeling rather warm.' you said;
' I vote we go outside instead!'

I went on 'And, in that darkened lane,
We kissed and kissed and kissed again!
And into my hair you whispered low.
You said 'Is this for ever?' and I said ……..'No'

Bill had a solid apprenticeship;
Bill was steady though a bit of a drip.
You looked exciting; my blood ran hot;
But marriage material you were not!
Yes, oh yes, I married Bill;
We've had six kids and we're married still.
It's been a struggle; we're on the pension.
But that’s too sordid for me to mention.
But I know now you were my true fate!
You were destined to be my mate!'

The look on Ray's face was rather strange!
His whole expression seemed to change!
'Excuse me,' he said, 'We've never met;
Yours is a face I'd never forget!'
And then, under his breath, as he turned to go,
I'm certain he said 'Thank god she said no!'

I gave him a look, a look that could kill!
'Please yourself!' I said. 'I much prefer Bill!'


WrightStuff said...

Great fun! Reminds me of a time when I bumped into this guy I really fancied in the street when I was looking such a wreck! said...

That will keep me giggling all day. Thank you for sharing this!

anthonynorth said...

That was great fun. Go girl!!

keiths ramblings said...

This is so funny! Loved it to bits.

George S Batty said...

what great fun....loved every word. I always thought men with little thin mustaches wee jerks and this proves it.

Old Egg said...

What a laugh from go to whoa! An incredibly vivid story that I didn't want to end.

Americanising Desi said...

and it is only nostalgia that makes us human :)

God Ol' Days'

Dee Martin said...

oh this made me laugh!!

Marian said...

oh i love this wonderful story so cleverly written. love it!

vivinfrance said...

They've turned our local palais
into a bowling alley,
Fings ain't what they used to be.

Wonderful wonderful story poem. I know exactly that feeling! An old and much loved friend said to me once: Viv, you're starting to look your age. And he meant it as a compliment!

Mystic_Mom said...

Funny yet biting, sharp and witty...great fun!

Robert Gibson: PWES Editor said...

LOL ... how rude lol "thank glad she said, 'no'" ... you stick to your Bill, hear? LOL

Herotomost said...

Haaaaa!!!! Loved this, what great rhythym and cadence and one hell of a funny ride.

Kay L. Davies said...

You're wonderful, Brenda. This is a hoot.

Teresa said...

Oh, this cracked me up!

CC Champagne said...

Wasn't sure where you were going with this, but the ending made me laugh out loud (to the suspicious stares of the others in the coffee shop I'm writing this from)! Great one!!!

Mrs.Trellis said...

Love's young dream is best left as no more than that! Hehehe! Excellent Toad offering. :)

Margaret said...

This is marvelous! There is no one like you! :)