(From “Just Like a Dream” )
When a girl is only seven
Her one idea of heaven
Is a place where she has lollies iced in plenty.
But she changes her ambition
And demands a new condition
For her paradise when she is nearly twenty.
When in rompers she cavorts
Boys are often mere spoil-sports,
They are not her friends in dolce far niente.
When a girl is but eleven
She to many fads is given,
And is apt to eat too much and far too often;
But when romance makes her quiet
She considers well her diet;
Her figure now needs shape, not merely stuffin’ ;
When in evening gown she glides
Boys are cavaliers and guides,
For towards the male sex now her opinions soften.
A girl is a maiden at sweet seventeen,
And oft at eighteen a fiancee;
At nineteen and twenty she’s suitors a-plenty,
Her prospects are then quite romancy.
But when she’s thirty no matter how flirty
Her future is then very chancy.
And when she is forty no matter how naughty,
And when she is fifty now matter how thrifty,
She finds she is nobody’s fancy.
Weekly Times 26.7.63