John-Paul Flintoff

Uphill!

Poems for subscribers to What If The Queen Should Die?

To M.B.
What, and how great, the virtue and the art
That’s manifested by my old friend Mart.
A student, once, in sleep, you cried, “Uphill!”
Today you stand in pedals by me still:
Your own pledge made, you deftly fetched another
From Uncle Stephen first, and then your mother.
What moved them, by their pledge, to be so kind,
What words you used – in this I’m deaf, and blind.
Whatever! The point is, by expanding
My small crowd, you helped me get the funding.
Now Baxter is a factor, and you Brookes
Do make it possible to print my books.

After the manner of Alexander Pope
(who appears as a character in the novel),
but sincerely meant by JP Flintoff

28 Nov 2014

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