Talking of John Betjeman, one of my favourite Betjeman poems is In Westminster Abbey, published in 1940. This fits well with Michael Spencer’s latest post about Christians treating prayer like a divine protection racket:
Think of what our Nation stands for,
Books from Boots and country lanes,
Free speech, free passes, class distinction,
Democracy and proper drains.
Lord, put beneath Thy special care
One-eighty-nine Cadogan Square.
But as mentioned before, a mistake to treat the poem solely as a joke.