Poems

Wortley Clutterbuck: ‘The Cockade’

The Cockade You’re going to wear it or we’ll cite that you’re somebody from the Right; we’re looking at the hat you wear— if I were you, I’d have a care. Attach that cockade right away— be cautious what you do or say; these are the days when neighbors can determine how long’s your lifespan. The King upheld the status quo and pinned one on his posh chapeau; ’tis said the Queen was not so fond and scorned it, as did the beau monde. But all these fops, they wouldn’t dare reject it in the open air; you’re either leaving…

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