Royal Ascot 2020: Poem by Henry Birtles

Royal Ascot At Home

It may not be the same, from much we now refrain
And though we long for normal times to come around again
Our challenge is adapting to hold onto what we treasure
Our norms, our fun, our everydays,
The things that make us…US, our ways
Our business and our pleasure

It may not be the same, it will not be the same,
But June is here, the skies are clear, it’s Racing ’s time again
Royal Ascot goes ahead, for once behind closed doors
It’s thumbs up time, our sport proceeds
The champion Jockeys, Noble Steeds,
Assembled for The Cause

Positive’s the byword; looking forward, it’s unique
It will not happen every year, this one-off Ascot Week
It’s screen time, Twitter, Facebook, the old Telly, Insta, Zoom
Remotely party with your friends
Bring what you can, the odds and ends
And decorate the room

StyledWithThanks, the Hashtag, is a calling to our nation,
To honour those who help us, through a form of celebration
To tell them that we won’t forget, for them we must campaign
We’ll stay indoors, tune in and cheer
We’ll drink to now and pray next year,
We’ll hit the track again

But now is now and now is here, a virtual life existence
Two metres is the guideline, our ordered social distance
So let us find it in ourselves to give it all we can
Enjoy it all, as if we’re there,
Glad rags and hats, good times and flare
The stay home Ascot Fan

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