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

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