We went to the ball...
We preened and coiffed, after shopping and dithering
Which dress, which shoes, what jewels ...
The hair, the face, the nails, the teeth
The stockings, the clutch, the wrap
Can I stand in this dress, these shoes, this weight of expectation and scrutiny?
Can I walk, sit or dance?
Will I look a fool, over- or under- dressed, colour, weight and drape of bust?
While the sensible peacocks don black tie and cummerbund
Select a watch, cufflinks, brush hair and shoes:
Pronounce themselves ready and waiting.
We went to the ball, pumpkin coach and mice footmen
At midnight we rolled home, pumpkin and mouse.