Frank Poems: NUTCOMBE NUTCOMBE

Thanks to my ex-colleague Sean Dunne for the photo, and to his wife Anne for dragging him to Exeter Cathedral.

In 1792
Nutcombe Quick
Changed his name
To Nutcombe Nutcombe
In accordance with the Will
Of Hannah Nutcombe Bluett.

Whether he came to rue it,
I do not know.

Was his new name
Double-negatively determinative?
Or acclaimed
As nominatively affirmative?
I do not know.

But this I know for sure:
The Revd Nutcombe Nutcombe LLB,
Who was known as Quick before,
Died long ago.

In the many names of God
May he rest in peace.
Amen. Amen.

Exeter Cathedral, 9 March 2021: "New Norman Discovery Behind Nutcombe Nutcombe’s Memorial"

27/09/2022

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