JOSIE'S POEMS

Shadowing Poetry/Paradox

By Josie Whitehead

HOW TO GET ON IN SOCIETY 

John Betjeman said:

'Phone for the fish-knives, Norman
   As Cook is a little unnerved,
Your kiddies have crumpled the serviettes
   And I must have things daintily served.'

BUT - following John Betjeman's style I said:

Afternoon Tea

DO COME FOR TEA, DEAR

By Josie Whitehead

Do Come for Tea, Dear

Don’t forget forks for the cakes dear.
      Sticky fingers on chairs?  Goodness no!
We’ll polish our best silver teapot,
      For we want to put on a good show.

Oh, sugar in lumps is much nicer
      And our bone china cups are a must.
The sandwiches daintily served dear,
      And don’t forget, trim off the crusts.

Put a serviette daintily folded
      With a tea knife that’s carefully laid.
Do you think you can manage this darling?
      If not, then we must hire a maid. 

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