Ealing, London, 1970
In black and white, what ties these two -
old undergrad, and soon to be,
the neckties unlike those around,
on underground, or flower power,
though longer hair, a nod towards
the shoulder length, too far a dare,
as bedsit swop, YMCA?
The lad was fashioned by his class,
though pupils need not know his form
(would Sixth sense tell where he was from?),
as teacher filling gap before
the ivories of academe,
an ivy league in US terms,
though Michaelmas his first to be.
How grim a London terrace stance
from Zambia, the hostel chance
to sit exam in third attempt.
Affection through wide range of age
was solely due to heritage,
both Wesley men and trained in kind,
expected fellowship when strange.
So summit meet, some weekday greet,
these journeymen, apprenticeships,
cold light of day on Bond Street roof,
though not the west end city beat;
yet bond remained throughout the year,
as by degrees they travelled on,
two Methodists, cause, common song.