09 November 2009
"Autumn winds are blowing down" (The view from the window of my day job office)
From the geyser ventilators
Autumn winds are blowing down
On a thousand business women
Having baths in Camden Town.
Early nip of changeful autumn,
Dahlias glimpsed through garden doors,
At the back precarious bathrooms
Jutting out from upper floors;
And behind their frail partitions
Business women lie and soak,
Seeing through the draughty skylight
Flying clouds and railway smoke.
Rest you there, poor unbelov'd ones,
Lap your loneliness in heat.
All too soon the tiny breakfast,
Trolley-bus and windy street!
- Business Girls by John Betjeman