It starts when Rita oils Frank's knob
As she seeks more learning, not a job
And Frank, who likes to hit the booze
Considers Rita as good news.
The stage is set; events move fast
Rita, streetwise, working class
Embarks on studying "proper" books
While Julia's ratatouillé cooks.
This hairdresser is quite astute
The Open Uni bears ripe fruit
Soon Forster, Chekhov, Blake, Peer Gynt
And poetry - make Rita hint
That Frank should turn again to verse
But all this makes his drinking worse.
The learning lark suits her a treat
But Denny throws her in the street!
No matter; she has found her voice
And, as she says, she now has choice.
November 2004 - Skit for the Brussels Cast Party of
Willy Russell's play: "Educating Rita".
(c) Poet in the woods 2014