sleek men are on the streets again,
suited, slick and tie-less;
women in black, clicked and smart,
not daring to be over forty;
all of an age
in their open easy fashion
they loudly crowd the pavements and the wine bars
near the Shelbourne and Fitzwilliam.
man-bags, girl-bags, brief-bags slung with careless lies
stuffed with evidence of worse to come.