the Pepperers

Nothing to sneeze at
though we grind them down without much thought
yet on such spicy seeds empires were made
fortunes favoured
a school for clever East end boys*
riches from clove and pepper trade
came sailing from the Indies in the East

*My husband attended the Grocers Grammar school : What made an education at ‘the Jewish Eton’ so special?

44 words on a Trade Guildof British history for this Quadrille #35: “Pepper