Bosham Hoe is a wealthy 1930’s estate of detached family houses/mansions on the edge of the beautiful Chichester Harbour. But when the children leave home, the elderly are left alone – with their memories, isolation, and worries. So this is a tale of loneliness amongst the aged middle class.
We all wither and die – it is the natural process. But there is often an unwillingness to admit that truth. So this rhyme attempts to confront that reality; it is a call for acceptance of the passing of time, and the fact that one generation has to dies out to be replaced by another. That may be ‘sad’ but it is the natural order of things.