Monday 18 December 2017

The Sunday Poem

from Kensington Gardens

Anthony Cronin

SPEKE

The children play

at hide and seek

about the monument

to Speke.

And why should the dead

explorer mind

who has nothing to seek

and nothing to find?

QUEEN VICTORIA

Queen Victoria's

statue is

the work of her

daughter Beatrice.

The shape's all wrong

and the crown doesn't fit,

But - bless her old heart -

she was proud of it.

TAIL-PIECE

'Out! All out!'

Harsh echoes blow

from far. With wandering steps

and slow

once again their

garden leave

little Adam,

little Eve.

Irish Independent

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