a slice of wedding cake :: robert graves

Why have such scores of lovely, gifted girls
      Married impossible men?
Simple self-sacrifice may be ruled out,
      And missionary endeavour, nine times out of ten.

Repeat ‘impossible men’: not merely rustic,
      Foul-tempered or depraved
(Dramatic foils chosen to show the world
      How well women behave, and always have behaved).

Impossible men: idle, illiterate,
      Self-pitying, dirty, sly,
For whose appearance even in City parks
      Excuses must be made to casual passers-by.

Has God’s supply of tolerable husbands
      Fallen, in fact, so low?
Or do I always over-value woman
      At the expense of man?
                                Do I?
                                    It might be so.

Courtesy Writer’s Almanac