Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty—three
(which was rather late for me) —
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.
 
Up to then there’d only been
A sort of bargaining,
A wrangle for the ring,
A shame that started at sixteen
And spread to everything.
 
Then all at once the quarrel sank:
Everyone felt the same,
And every life became
A brilliant breaking of the bank,
A quite unlosable game.
 
So life was never better than
In nineteen sixty—three
(Though just too late for me) —
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

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