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A step across the great divide

From this side to the other side

A cautious step, a careful stride

Centuries long and twice as wide.


Carefully place your stumbling feet

There’s caterpillars in the street

ghost butterflies with ‘nowt to eat

a life to live and death to cheat


TV screens in shop windows

Relay the parties and the woes

Resentment in the doorway grows

A tally of the highs and lows


A golden coach rumbles by

Reflecting where the fallen lie

A husband weeps a wife will cry

This place is where the homeless die


Upon her head a golden crown

That weighs the working classes down

And still they stroke the ermine gown

In every city, village, town.


A joyous day for all they say

For everyone a holiday

They don’t record the price we pay

For Little England being this way


Some cannot heat, some cannot eat

For some the trifles won’t be sweet

This joyous moment’s passing fleet

For some a throne, for some a seat.


The bunting flutters in the breeze

Hung from lampposts and from trees

A country brought down to its knees

Shackled, thrown away the keys


A Royal, A celebrity

Paddington calls in for tea

Not the place for you or me

A sorry state. A Jubilee.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 13th Jun 2022 23:35

The business of "costing" the Royal Family is a ceaseless merry-go-round. The Crown Estates represent the business
of commercial interests of property vested in Royal ownership.
As for the total per annum paid from the public purse towards
the upkeep of the institution itself, that is accommodated by
the vast income generated by their prestigious presence in
international relations and the tourism industry, in all their
many forms. Politicians decide how that money finds its way
back to benefit the public at large and it is certainly the case
that this is often far from satisfactory, depending on one's
point of view.

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 13th Jun 2022 17:31

thanks for the kind comments and 'likes' I appreciate it.

MC - just for the record - the monarchy get 'cash taken from the tax-payers pockets' I would just like it to be used in a way that benefits people who need it - as a tax payer I think I have an equal right to say where I think those millions should go.

Graham - I'm not sure what that has to do with it - France did away with their monarchy and they're doing OK - or maybe you were just making an assumption that anyone with a social conscience is a communist - when, in fact more money comes from Russia into the Conservative party and the Brexit cause than to any socialist causes in the UK.

Or maybe you are supporting the state being worshipped by it's citizens without giving them the right to react and object if they don't agree with the people at the top - hey - maybe you're a communist 😉

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 10th Jun 2022 18:38

Russia did away with its monarchy. That didn’t work out too well either.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 10th Jun 2022 16:56

But I shudder to think of what might take its place in the human
context of inspiration/aspiration". Did Orwell;'s "1984" have
Royalty as its villain?. There can be a tendency to confuse its
meaning to the population at large with the decisions made by
politicians about who gets what from cash taken from the tax-payers' pockets.

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 9th Jun 2022 21:37

A stunning poem of the highest quality, Ian. My recent Jubilee poem was a little more celebratory but I can recognise really good stuff when I see it. Thanks.

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Reggie's Ghost

Thu 9th Jun 2022 16:10

If the monarchy didn't exist we'd probably invent it, but on a much less bloated scale than it has become.

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keith jeffries

Thu 9th Jun 2022 14:46

A well written poem from another perspective. The voice of the poet is sincere and his concerns are clear. It is good to hear the other point of view as it sobers our thoughts to a different reality.
Thank you for this

<Deleted User> (9882)

Thu 9th Jun 2022 14:35

Top quality hard hitting stuff big Ian and for me personally you've hit my nail square and FAIR on the head

keep well dude and don't be a stranger!

RC 💋

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