‘Death In Leamington’ by John Betjeman

‘Death In Leamington’

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“She died in the upstairs bedroom
By the light of the ev’ning star
That shone through the plate glass window
From over Leamington Spa

Beside her the lonely crochet
Lay patiently and unstirred,
But the fingers that would have work’d it
Were dead as the spoken word…”

You can read the complete poem here. John Betjeman was born on this day in 1906, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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