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Mortality

 The first-class brains of a senior civil servant
Shiver and shatter and fall
As the steering column of his comfortable Humber
Batters in the bony wall.
All those delicate re-adjustments "On the one hand, if we proceed With the ad hoc policy hitherto adapted To individual need.
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On the other hand, too rigid an arrangement Might, of itself, perforce.
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I would like to submit for the Minister's concurrence The following alternative course, Subject to revision and reconsideration In the light of our experience gains.
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" And this had to happen at the corner where the by-pass Comes into Egham out of Staines.
That very near miss for an All Souls' Fellowship The recent compensation of a 'K' - The first-class brains of a senior civil servant Are sweetbread on the road today.

by John Betjeman
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