Ten more Birmingham Poems

10 more #Birmingham inspired poems by the #BrummieBard Keith Bracey

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Birmingham Miscellany – 10 More Birmingham Poems

EDGBASTON – THE HOME OF TENNIS

Edgbaston is the place

Where they serve up many an Ace

Invented by Major Harry Gem:

A game for lithe athletic men

At 8 Ampton Road: ‘Fairlight’

You’d see rubber balls in flight

Men and women both

They’d hit balls with all their might

In clothing… Oh so bright!

A game played in Lilywhites

As played on a manicured lawn

In the summer of 1859

Young men and women courting

Eating, drinking, laughing

Eligible bachelors and young maidens

Playing on a mown green grass court

‘Good shot sir!’… they’d shout

With many a lascivious thought

The young women they did ‘Glow’

As they knocked balls to and fro

Over a rudimentary net

With strawberries and cream…..you bet!

Lawn tennis started to grow

Into the game that we now all know

Fred Perry, Bunny Austin,

Ann Jones, Virginia…

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