The Girls at St Catherine’s
What is it about the girls at St Catherine’s:
Saintliness? Innocence? Ignorance means
the same thing at that age. To know is to be guilty of
adulthood of a sort, to fall in love
simply a commitment to the unprecedented
experience. By soap scented
rather than by perfume, by exercise rouged rather
than by cosmetics, they stroll under a lather
of cherry blossom. It is April in their lives.
Manhood hangs somewhere like a rack of knives.
from Academe (Seren 1988), © Paul Groves 1988, used by permission of the author