THE TRUE COST

Recently Boris took some flak

About Hitler and the EU pack.

But was he really that far short

Of the reasons why things are so fraught?

Der Fuhrer wanted to run the show

Over all objections as we know

The dream was ultimate control dictatorial

Never mind the risk of "purgatorial".

The aim was to lead the darkening way

To a world where a select few held sway,

Ignoring o...

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LIMERICK 2016

The Conservative Chancellor Osborne

Gave no sign that he was torn

Between helping the rich up

And the poor who cried "Stitch up"

While the outraged reaction was scorn.

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WHO ARE THE LUCKY PEOPLE?

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The absence of a celebratory poem for the Queen's 90th birthday had me thinking back to lines

for the much-loved Queen Mum on her 101st...after she endured the need for a blood transfusion.

It was sent and graciously acknowledged by Her Majesty's lady-in-waiting.  I'm sure HM read it.

 

Who are the lucky people

Who kissed Sweet Royalty's hand?

By lying in a lonely room,

Their ...

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LOCKED-IN SYNDROME

Was the EU ever about democracy

Or making sure we bent the knee?

Spreading deceit, delay and dissembling

So there's never a way now of resembling

What hopeful nation states once knew

Before seized in the maw of the greedy EU.

Mark these words: a vote to remain

Will give up any chance again

Of saying no to all that is planned

But hidden within its grasping hand.

When h...

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ASSUMING THE POSITION

POLITICIAN:  a person who stands for election and lies when elected.

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HUMAN FRIGHTS

The Special Immigration Appeals Committee

Was created by Parliament in this great city

of London - famed for democracy's fights

And now the refuge of human frights.

 

Six Algerians - said to be connected

With terrorist links that were detected,

Appealed against their deportation

To Algeria - a paradoxical situation.

 

Their legal eagles argued that they

Might be tr...

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GOODBYE TO ALL THAT?

As the EU Empire marches on, we'd best remember what has gone,

All we've been deceived about for decades when truth suffered drought.

Habeas Corpus dearly bought held prisoner far beyond our court,

While Parliament as a provincial assembly should have democracy feeling trembly!

And the fears expressed (described as barmy) now return in plans for an EU Army,

And behind this scheme? -...

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ALLEGIANCE

I swore allegiance to our Sovereign The Queen, her heirs and succcessors too.

Our Members of Parliament do the same, on behalf of me and you.

So I'll blame and shame those who are busy doing what they do -

Promoting and espousing the deeds and decisions of the ANTI-sovereign EU.

You can't plight your troth in favour of both; you can't be true to the TWO!

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1975

How many reading these lines were alive

In the Year of Our Lord nineteen seventy five

When the country was far from happy unity

About membership of the European Community.

 

On May the fifth, West Ham won the Cup

And Manchester United climbed back up,

To be a Premier club once more

(Their accountants were surely keeping score!).

 

The Vietnam War ground to a close

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REFERENDUM CALYPSO

I has to ask...take gov'ment to task

Have we lost our sense of dash?

Dem politicians spout finance

And lead us a dance

Of worry about our cash.

 

I has to say...have we lost our way?

Our history's dere to find

Foremost in trade

We had it made

And now the blind lead the blind.

 

I has to quoth - what about dat oath

Of allegiance to our Queen?

It should be a...

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FOOTBALL CRAZY

Once again (as I write) it's one-nil Leicester

As an unfashionable side seeks to invest a

small midland city with the laurels of glory

In the final chapter of an extraordinary story.

 

Oh dear oh dear - it's a red card for Vardy,

The referee's decision was hardly tardy,

So off goes the goal scorer to miss the next game

For playing a part that earned him the blame.

 

W...

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MY LONDON - Spring

In all the world there's nowhere quite

Like London on a soft spring night

When saffron sunset sends its grace

To linger on a much loved face.

 

 And all around the very air

Thrills with time as if aware

That this great city is the stage

For this and every other age.

 

So much history...so much done:

So much to tell the setting sun.

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KNOCK LOUD AND LONG

I never cease to be in awe

Of those the world describes as poor,

Yet do not stay at home and moan,

But set out to improve alone

 

Or - fortunate to find a kindred soul

Or two - they also find a role

In the life they seek for future joy

By graft and talent they employ.

 

Always looking up, not down,

They wear upon their heads a crown

Not gold or jewelled as we mi...

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MONEY MAKES MONEY

Money makes money

That's always been the case

And gives accountants their pot of honey

In their search to find a place

 

That gets more for each pound

Of the sum that's in the pot

Wherever that may be found

They'll be there like a shot.

 

Personal finances are kept mum

Since Mankind got to earn

Its share of any income

Not mentioning money to burn.

 

The...

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SEPARATION

I would not seek to separate Muslims from their Koran;

Religious belief should not be a cause for blame

But I stand shoulder to shoulder with any free-thinking man

Against those who maim and murder in its name.

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CREATURE COMFORTS

Eyes bright with fierce intelligence gleam,

Reflected in the headlight's beam,

Their owner stops dead in its tracks

Wary of the passing beast's attacks.

 

The danger past the search resumes

For food its waiting brood consumes

Seeking everywhere it can

Edible detritus left by man.

 

Pausing, perhaps it remembers still

The feel of the country breeze's chill

But ti...

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UNTITLED

The man who worships death

May find death before his time.

The man who worships life

Will find life lives in this rhyme.

 

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EASTER RISING

It's not surprising

I'm surmising -

To celebrate the Easter Rising.

Reincarnating the simple hope

That self-rule could emerge and cope.

Beneath high heaven's eternity

Mankind will hunger to be free.

It's not surprising

I'm surmising -

To celebrate the Easter Rising.

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ENLIGHTENMENT SENSE

What can it contribute to enlightenment sense

If discussion's bedevilled with "giving offence"?

Dismissive of any alternative views

When mindsets take umbrage and simply refuse

To consider there may be a different way

To approach any question and allow folks a say

On the pros and the cons of how things might be...

And why they seem at odds with what others see.

There are ti...

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UNTITLED

What could be more comforting than a warm bed

In a bleak and rain-swept dawn,

When wild winds buffet the window frame

As if in envious scorn.

 

What could be more welcoming than a warm voice

Whispering in the ear,

When hot hands hold and gently draw

A willing body near.

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AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER GOES HOME

Peacetime made him a stranger

To a life that had been denied;

Returning to unknowing city...

Quiet town and countryside.

 

Peacetime made him nervous,

Despite being a warrior before;

Now changed beyond all understanding

By what he had met in war.

 

Peacetime brought its own fears

And new battles to be won,

With fervent prayers that what he'd known

Would not b...

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DOG DANCING

For Fran and Charlie

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Have you ever seen a dog dancing...

Cavorting to an unheard canine beat?

Jaws apart, joyous grin enhancing

Upward flight from all four nimble feet.

 

Have you ever seen a dog dancing...

Eyes alight fixed on the outstretched hand

Of its human partner in innocent romancing?

Never still for long enough to stand.

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FUEL FOR THOUGHT

We breath air because we must

And not because we might.

Induct...compress...combust

Powers life to ignite.

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AUSTERITY

Austerity -

a policy whereby a political administration inflicts financial hardship on the electorate for

putting its trust in a political administration.

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THE POETRY JUDGE

How do you get considered...

elected or selected...

To decide on the worth of another's work,

And how it should be respected?

 

Is it just an ego trip...

The way to poetry fame "to be",

A judge of poems whose taste will lurk

In the pages of posterity?

 

Are there certain forms expected...

And names of familiarity?

Is it likely to be rejected

If you're unknown...

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SAME THING

I felt for that fellow the other day

Hand hard against face as if to say

Why am I forced to suffer this way?

 

I smiled in sympathy as we two met

While he winced a response I won' t forget

As my "Earache, old chum?" acknowledged his fret.

 

"Nah", he replied, with a hurry-by tread,

"Mobile phone..." - from a quickly shaken head.

"Same thing!" I thought - and just as q...

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POUNDS (NO SHILLINGS) AND PENCE

I was chatting to the fellow who operates the till

In the local corner shop just down the street,

And asking for a chocolate bar I recalled a child's thrill

When leaving school and buying one as a treat.

 

Paying a total of sixpence from the cash of yesterday -

You got two hundred and forty <twenty shillings!> to a pound -

And how that bought a chocolate bar to send me on my w...

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LENINGRAD - a Cold War memory

Let me take you back forty years - to when simple Freedom made me glad

To a different time and a different world - and a March trip to Leningrad.

It was a Thomson Holiday long-weekend  - four days away all told,

That appealed you see to a pal and me - adventurous and bold.

 

We sat aboard that Aeroflot flight thinking what our trip might bring

And I confess to some misgivings whe...

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