(with apologies to Robert Browning)
Part 1 – Past
Oh not to be in England
Now that Thatcher’s here
Selling off the council houses
In the hopes the poor might disappear.
Oh not to be in England as she carries on her reign
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Levelling up the country
With poll tax
So we all can pay the same
So farewell Donald Trump, you launched 10,000 memes,
Continue reading “So Farewell, Donald Trump”
And your sexual harassment prompted just as many screams.
You dismissed your foes as “Fake News” but told 20,000 lies,
Adding 50 falsehoods daily as you scoffed Big Macs and fries.
Coal faces and steely resolve
Miners, blacksmiths, Thatcher’s
Children thrown apart to the enemies within.
No medals. No salute. No honour for their service to those above the dark.
What honour for the darkest hour underground?
What honour for the heat of battle in the furnace?
Closure is the way to redemption they say.
Closure pits man against man and steely resolve hidden under a disguise.
No future. No forgiveness for heartless actions.
What, sympathy for the masses?
We shall remember this,
Continue reading “An Invisible Enemy”
Corona has us all,
like no other enemy,
chained with invisible chains
But walking chin up,
With a pride. Pretending,
There’s a croissant for my breakfast
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Spaghetti bolognaise for lunch
A Hungarian tart for teatime
Danish pastries for my brunch
Let’s distract from all those stories of manipulating the press
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And replace them with the headline “Woman Wears A Dress!”
Don’t dare display a shoulder, it looks common and cheap,
But it’s OK to use the front bench, to catch up on your sleep.
I live in anger, in hatred, I was born into
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shouting, vile insults and outbursts,
and when I step out into the world
the world spits back just as worse.
The grass is only greener on the planet
where confusion, ammunition, panic,
murder, explosions, execution,
A cherished childhood spent cocooned in my inward-looking community,
Continue reading “The White Privilege”
Protected me from the indoctrination of a white-privileged history.
But when I stepped into a world where brown was under-represented
My identity…Was molested.
My speech, skin, hair and dress, seemed to cause the white man stress.
And brown was a tan on the white man’s skin,