Sleek and inscrutable , sophisticated

Sleek and inscrutable , sophisticated ,
You sat in candlelight and murmured Greek :
Inscrutable , sophisticated , sleek ,
Your drowsy kitten purred and meditated .
Flicker , brief candle ! dark and isolated
Your way curved from the haven you still seek :
No lantern glimmered where the rain was bleak
When your idyllic world disintegrated .

You have measured out your life with coffee-spoons .
Practised the harpsichord and violin ,
Observed the madding crowd with faint dislike .
Ring out , ye crystal spheres ! Our doomed world spins —
Secure in candlelight you sit alone ,
Inscrutable , sophisticated , sleek .

Spring 1949