[He’d have known the good jokes about leather]

He’d have known the good jokes about leather
quips about the mending of men’s soles –
Child’s play, then, to stitch them all together –
Draw some easy laughter from the proles*
But what about those kings and royal princes
their manners and intrigues, home and abroad?
Such matter takes a patter that convinces
or fat cats in posh seats will detect fraud.
The greatest of your clan or family fortunes
alas, can’t buy a thimblefull of wit
Great minds, however, know several absorptions
So I’ll throw in my lot with cheeky Kit.
      I could go on… but I’ll keep it short-
      There’s reason to doubt that lone cor’ner’s report.
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