ramblings and things

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ritual is an essential
as is a daily clean shirt
and any lowering of standards
an unnecessary hurt.
he evacuated his bowel
at precisely half past three
before meeting Gran'mamma
for their afternoon tea,
cucumber sandwiches,
Darjeeling or Earl Grey,
depending on her mood,
depending on the day,
when they talked of this and that
at a volume discrete and small
just in case any servant lingered
to overhear them from the hall.
a sharply clicked finger brought
service so no need to really ask;
the ritual over they departed
each to perform his set task
for the aristocracy has its purposes,
some very big and some quite small,
but not the very least is
to set an example for us all.

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