Intimate banking


Sometimes you can get the wrong sort
code, the kind you want
on no account whatever.

I recently made a statement
to this effect: if I find a customer
wearing the blue uniform of my bank,
I'll have him cashiered.

On balance
I prefer an anonymous cheque,
its indiscriminate signature.
Like a doctor hurrying for a tram
with a fistful of prescriptions to finish.

Electric banking? No thanks:
keep your digits to yourself.
I have my own exchange,
to coin my phrase,
and draw at will from its till.

Nor would I love at lower rate.

From the book Looks Familiar

for Jane Siberry