Wedding Rites

The small streets of Windsor
are sparkling today
it helps that the homeless
were moved on their way

Union flags limp overhead –
bought online for thirty quid –
as the old
the young
the poor
the ill
wait patiently –
right until

The rich
the landed
the toffs
the Dukes
pass them by –
sat high –
so aloof

Then the roads
are re-opened to all –
the returning beggars
lay out their stalls

Once more in England
there’s a tale to tell –
How a town was reduced
to a right royal hell.

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