Roger McBard

You believe you could have been
the first Pope from Litherland
if things had turned out different:

you, the geeky and gawky lad
who portrayed good Queen Bess
in a pageant on the school lawn,

before Lily the Pink, the Aintree Iron
(the record-buying public compliant),
the Albert Hall word extravaganzas

with Ginsberg, Adrian Henri, Brian
Patten -- plus the Pope of Litherland.
You’ve lived in the south for years,

but, Roger, do you sometimes feel like
the Coronation Park meteorite:
“fallen and homesick”**?

** Quote from Roger McGough’s autobiography,
“Said and Done” (Arrow Books, 2006), p. 66.

By Christopher T. George