5 June 2018
From London Bridge to Albert Bridge,
the bargemen row
in the Doggett’s Race, to celebrate
George the First acceding to the throne.
There is a coat and badge at stake,
an orange coat, and a badge
of silver, to wear upon the sleeve.
Why orange? I am uncertain.
Has it to do with being Protestant?
If so, were the winning rower
Catholic, it would make for
delightful irony. Emblems speak
most profoundly. I think
of the roses, red, and white,
red, for valor, white, for purity.
Pure valor sets high the bar,
a bar too high for me to reach.
A coat cut from a bolt of sunlight.
And let silver suggest
the light of the moon,
such coat and badge appropriate wear,
regardless the hour.
(7 May 2018)