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The Pride

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The Pride



This old and gummy English lion

Feeding on the tears of little girls.

Finding its bravery in packs

Of like-minded scavengers

Who prowl and growl

And claim a foul

For every perceived slight

In history.


Huzzah! Hurrah!

We won a contest

Prejudiced by racist taunts

And sieg-Heil accusations

By the Nazis

Towards the reconciled.

Rumbling boos and monkey gestures

Directed within the pride

of England’s dreaming cubs.


Huzzah! Hurrah! Huzzah!

At last at last

We won a match

Now all the hate has dissipated

Cast out in chants

The poison drifts upon the breeze

Like an obnoxious virus

Waiting for the hands and face and space

To settle and recirculate


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◄ How Did It Get So Late So Soon?

In The Garden Of Gethsemane ►


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M.C. Newberry

Sat 3rd Jul 2021 13:25

The sporting media and the social media have their downsides -
not least because both attract the lowest common (emphasise the word) denominator in human sensibilities. The mob mentality
never quite goes away, does it?

<Deleted User> (30611)

Fri 2nd Jul 2021 16:26

There's always an obnoxious minority on each side of the divide.

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