In the Chancel at St Mary's
By Sue Mackrell, 2007
A Westminster Abbey in the Vale of Belvoir
Nobility assembled with all the
Flamboyance of a peacock in pride,
Head hooded in a hawberk of rings,
Chivalric Knight of the Garter,
Thomas, my Lord Roos,
Conical bassinet and chain mail tippet,
And his courtly lady,
A filet over her forehead, French fashion.
And then, the stars
Dazzling the courts of
Henry, Elizabeth, James,
Right ordered, by degree,
Knights and Earls resplendent in
Coronets and tabards,
Robes of state,
And of course the garters
Blue, embroidered with gold lace.
Honi soit qui mal y pense.
Ladies, and Countesses,
Graceful in silken gowns and
Fine linen sleeves,
Puffed and puckered,,
And ruffs at the wrists,
Gold, sapphire and rubies,
Emeralds embellishing these
Constellations in the Royal firmament.