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Polite Society

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Long ago, it was the wife who would push him

-‘These are our sort of people,’ she would say-

To take that job, which he couldn’t manage

And came home each evening utterly spent.

Oh, the ordeal of dinners with the boss

And Councillor Twitface for Sunday tea,

When he would have preferred to mooch around

And watch the football or listen to jazz.


That certain kind of snobbery has gone,

Maybe, as old suburbia has waned;

Now megabucks and techie talk prevail

And barbecues replace the awkwardness

Of whispered meals. The old aristocrats

Cling on, heading home for the dinner bell.


◄ Victims

Sloviansk (14 April 2023) ►


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Stephen Gospage

Tue 18th Apr 2023 21:44

Thanks, Uilleam and John. The nature of snobbery and one-upmanship has always fascinated me. Where I live, the postcode and type of street are often indicators of supposed social superiority, just like everywhere else, I suppose.

In the end, what does it matter? We were conditioned to think of management consultants as'superior' to supermarket cashiers, until we realised how vital the latter were during COVID lockdowns.

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John Botterill

Tue 18th Apr 2023 11:28

Powerful social satire, Stephen. Love it! 😀

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Mon 17th Apr 2023 12:29

I suppose many of us are prone to such idiocies at times.
A proliferation of empty-headed "celebrities" and "influencers" appears to have a disproportionate effect on society's preferences and aspirations.

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 16th Apr 2023 07:49

Thank you Keith, Hélène and John for your comments. Yes, society is changing and, in a way, snobbery is changing with it. It just takes different, perhaps more subtle, forms e.g. where you spent your gap year (and if you had one). But it is always there.

And many thanks to Hugh, Pete, Hélène, K Lynn and Manish for liking this.

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John Gilbert Ellis

Sat 15th Apr 2023 12:55

Yes. Glad to be removed from such nonsense. Great idea for a poem, well executed and thought through.

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Reggie's Ghost

Sat 15th Apr 2023 11:07

Ah the greasy pole and the glass ceiling!

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keith jeffries

Sat 15th Apr 2023 09:24

A poem which acknowledges a changing society. I remains to be seen how it will develop further.
A good poem.
Thank you for this

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