Beneath a foreign sky
In this alien night,
Antique rites survive
To tell of yearly life.
An ancient powder is set alight.
Of late, no poets sing of this moonlessness.
They rhyme their loves instead.
They see not the revel for the dead,
Nor hear the babble of the pleasure-eaters,
Whose import-cakes are local made.
Ah those feminine fingers
Orient paper red, King George’s head!
It’s everyone’s birthday,
So warble your kung-heis gay.
Among the offerings and the candles,
The silks, brocades and bangles,
Runs the happy little tune
Of “One year older.”
A wee bit bolder,
In this foreign night
Neath an alien sky,
One year older.