SIR JOHN BETJEMAN,
Sir John Betjeman, poet, was loved and revered
Quite small, and bald, he never wore beard.
Sir John Betjeman, poet, prone to high dudgeon
Overall though, a nice cuddly curmudgeon.
Sir John Betjeman, poet, was occasionally gay
And a fine family man, in every way.
He decried those modern buildings he regarded as absurd
And he fought with tooth and nail, although usually with words
For the preservation
Of the arch of Euston Station.
Of Arcane Victoriana and Superior Suburbia
And all the other sorts of things,
That he, Sir John, preferred.
© nigel hallworth 2021