Honour Guard
15 Nov 2023

We salute – our movements clipped and precise – assembled here with military precision – for the guests.

Those very important parents, children and elderly folk, who will come to break their fast here.

We stand ready to be of service to the nation.

Proud in our tradition.

Boldly showing our flags, at rest, to be unfurled as space is taken.

The gardens could be in any place, really, and their enjoyment less pronounced

without the meticulous care around and within them

that pronounces them firmly within England

As Englishness alone demand we parade thus

And even if you just have a cup of tea

By God it will be the best tea you will ever have.