The undertaker's assistant puts her finger
to the tip of a tilted coffin
to guide the inexperienced pallbearers.
She stands at the ready in black livery,
perky buttocks in clinging trousers,
jacket pushed out by cocky breasts.
But what makes me stare is that black ribbon
looped around her saucy pigtail.
Published, 2002, in ROPES (Review of Postgraduate Studies), Issue 10, NUI Galway. (ROPES does not have its own website).