Sunday, 3 July 2016


Could one persuade Virginia Wade
To take part in a parade,
Clutching a suede purse with her lips pursed?
Wade played tennis sufficiently well to win Wimbledon once,
In 1977, the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee.
Up to twice a year, the Queen gives out various honours,
But surely there’s more satisfaction in winning titles—
Like Virginia Wade and Jimmy Connors.

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