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BURNS NIGHT

Do the Scots celebrate William Wordsworth

Who lived not far from their border?

Do they eulogise John Keats or Lord Byron?

If not, then let's call them to order!

 

Why should we bother with Burns Night

Who are as Scottish as spaghetti bolognese?

Spare us the haggis and the drone of those pipes

And hangovers that linger for days!

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MIXED BLESSING

We live in the world of the global media

The contest now is who is speedier

To bring to the insatiable TV screen

Much that once was left unseen

In days of wireless and bakelite phones

When news was read in sepulchral tones

And private grief was left alone

For those within the family zone

Now criminals parade their grief

With crocodile tears that stretch belief

And the...

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WHERE ARE THE MODERATE MUSLIMS?

Where are the moderate Muslims...

Why don't they protest with their feet?

With "Moderate Muslims Against Barbarism"

Banners to wave in the street.

 

The countries that offer them freedom

Are owed a duty of care

By all those who seek the privilege

Of planning their futures there.

 

Let them turn their backs on the killers

Who attack freedom from within their ranks.....

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NEW YEAR THOUGHTS

Despite the incitement towards "cheer" 

And forced bonhomie that mirrors fear

From hordes of humanity pressing near,

I have my doubts about each new year.

Sometimes it seems that they suggest

A challenge amounting to a test.

Now - looking back at all the rest,

I take the view that each LIVED is best!

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