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One or two people got hurt in the meantime, didn’t they?

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Along with Gillray or maybe Hogarth,

we like rude cartoons of old kings;

overweight, overbearing and bewigged,

breeches bursting, waistcoats straining at buttons

at table, grasping forks thrust

into grotesquely large mouthfuls of whole chicken.

 

Thus has our Royal Family delighted us

and so it was today as I sat beside

a girl bearing a willow branch or some such.

Behind me a conversation struck up

in praise of books yet denigrating kindles.

Someone spoke of her favourite detective stories,

“Its a pity when you do know,

half way through who done it,” she paused

“but you have to keep onto the end in case

-you haven’t got it right.”

“I like turning the pages,”

replied he who disparaged modern technology.

 

“Did you see that programme last night?”

“The Windsors”, “The Palace” or some such

“What he got up to – the ageing Duke

and that other one, the Princess-

No!” and he named her Aunt instead

I began to imagine islands, sun-tanned cougars

behind sunglasses…..

He continued in a sadder tone,

“Yes, she couldn’t be with the one

she wanted to be with…” and went on

plaintively and regretfully describing the Royal lady’s lifestyle

and jazzed up episodes and finished somewhat mournfully,

“One or two people got hurt in the meantime, didn’t they?”

And the bus stopped and I got out and walked away pensively.