-Reflections: Those Pompous Pommey Days-

Written by: Christopher Stopford

 

     THE POMPOUS POMMEY WAS GOOD THEN

     AND JUST AS GOOD FOR MAN NOW

     FOR COURTESY AND CHIVALRY WERE CODES

     TO LIVE BY, WHEN DISCIPLINE AND ORDER RULED THE DAY

     AMONG ADULTS AND KIDS AT PLAY


     WHEN CHILDREN SHOULD BE SEEN

     AND NOT HEARD, OR IS IT THE OTHER WAY ROUND

     AND SIX O'CLOCK WAS SUPPER TIME

     NO EATING BEFORE GRACE WAS SAID

     AND WHOLE FAMILIES SAT AT THE TABLE'S FARE


     REQUEST POLITELY TO LEAVE THE TABLE

     ONLY SPEAK WHEN SPOKEN TO, WITH ADULTS AROUND

     AND TABLE MANNERS AND ETIQUETTE

     WAS PRACTISED ALWAYS TO SHOW YOUR KIND

     AND THANK YOU'S AND PLEASE'S WERE THE NORM


     RESPECT FOR YOUR ELDERS RULED OVERALL

     WITH DON'T DO AS I DO, DO ONLY AS I SAY

     STAND UP WHEN A LADY ENTERS THE ROOM

     WHEN BOWS AND CURTSY'S WERE IN DEMAND

     AND BREEDING AND CULTURE COUNTED MORE


     WHEN FOREBEARS WERE LORD POMPOUS AND SIR MUCKUS

     AND PANTALOONS AND BOWS WERE FOR GIRLS

     AND SHORT PANTS AND BOW-TIES FOR THE BOYS

     WITH SOCKS PULLED UP TO JUST BELOW THE KNEES

     OH YES! PLUM PUDDINGS AND WELSH RARE-BIT WERE THE TREATS.