<em>"We have made her into a wise character who

has quite a lot to say and is able to express her

I am to be vamped.

Between the flobalobs and the flimflam

I will preside, a garden tsarina, a dimmock

in the space between the spades.

Bill will not empty his toolshed.

Ben is passing the paraquat

and banging nails in an empty trellis.

I will therefore resume

direct rule. I will round up "Ground Force"

and attend to the borders myself.

The gardener will wear an old ulster,

and tend the timeclock, the skullcap,

the bittersweet, the touch-me-not,

the false oxlip, the stinking iris,

the farewell-to-spring.

And the hurt.