Boys dream of native girls who bring breadfruit,
Whatever they are,
As bribes to teach them how to execute
Sixteen sexual positions on the sand;
This makes them join (the boys) the tennis club,
Jive at the Mecca, use deodorants, and
On Saturdays squire ex-schoolgirls to the pub
By private car.
Such uncorrected visions end in church
A mortgaged semi- with a silver birch;
Nippers; the widowed mum; having to scheme
With money; illness; age.
Maturity falls, when old men sit and dream
Of naked native girls who bring breadfruit
Whatever they are.
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