Thirty-nine steps

At first John Buchan had a hand in this
But multi-layered meanings make for bliss:
Two sellers, one of houses, one of cars;
A publican, controlling several bars;
An architect in training – ‘tect’ seems apt;
An educationist in lifelong learning wrapped.
These five make up the steps of Rod and Line
So ‘Steps’ just fits our thirty-nine…

Now Jon and Lance, Dan, Caroline and Nic
Can all feel good about the name we pick
And as they trace each skilful chiselled line
Think “this one’s me” and treat the poet to wine…

Bedford, 2000