She was a daughter of Eve
Arbiter of men’s fate.
She was to keep her hemline low and her lips pursed tight.
Girls were expelled for attending dance halls-
The Spanish inquisition could have learnt a thing or two
From the Mercy nuns-
And then the Sex Education-
How far should you let him go? Was a kiss sex? Or a hug?
A button undone? A bodice too low?-
On Radio Caroline the Bee Gees, The Stones and The Beatles
Women were burning bras all over
And she as forbidden to dance.
The arrival of the summer uniform
Pink gingham that lasted one term
Then back to the pinafore box pleats -
Pink gingham deemed an enticement to sin
And there were Homes for girls like that….
Copyright with Cathy leonard 2016