We have become a dead grandmother

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We are a dead steelworks

We are a dead pit

We are a dead community

We have become a dead grandmother


We are a dead altruism

We are a dead society

We are a morally-dead nation

We have become a dead grandmother


We are a friend to Suharto

We are a friend to Pinochet

We are a friend to apartheid

We have become a dead grandmother


The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power

and all that beauty all that wealth ‘ere gave

awaits alike th’inevitable hour

the paths of glory lead but to the grave

within which

the lady may well be turning.

We have become a dead grandmother.

Margaret Thatcher

◄ Bugarach


<Deleted User> (24283)

Thu 2nd Jul 2020 14:17

A powerful write, studded with brazen truth and reality. Most of us are oblivious, many are ignorant and many negligent but, reality cant be changed.

Change is inevitable so is death. We can choose former, for later will anyways approach us.

It's time to change our mindset, ourselves, our family, our locality......think local, it goes global.


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Darren Lea-grime

Sat 18th Oct 2014 08:12

like this one julien....she may be turning still..

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steve pottinger

Sat 20th Apr 2013 08:53

I especially love the punch of the first two lines, Julian. And chuckled at the reference to her turning....

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Julian (Admin)

Thu 18th Apr 2013 17:46

Thank you all. I am fairly sure that's Gray's elision, not mine, Tommy. The words 'the boast of heraldry... ...to the grave', are from Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. Should have attributed rather than assuming. Mea culpa (Latin for banged to rights/soz, I think).

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 18th Apr 2013 15:36

The other day I saw a reprint of a photograph of Mrs Thatcher shaking hands with a clearly "delighted to be here" President Mandela in front of No. 10. His huge grin indicated that he didn't think she was so "awful".

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 18th Apr 2013 10:36

A bitter-sweet end to a concise exposition
of an awful politician and the warranted admonition of Powell's “ALL political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure,” She was afterall evicted from no 10 by her trusted colleagues . Not sure about the elision on the third line final stanza. Tommy

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Ged Thompson

Thu 18th Apr 2013 08:11

I Like it

Well done

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Chris Co

Thu 18th Apr 2013 08:01

A powerful and well realised poem. In the 'royal we' of this satire (an affectation she gained through election victories) we can see much of that which should be condemned; the worst of her policies, the worst of her character...

We also see our own failings too. In lost years, lost hope, lost dreams.

We failed, by failing as a country to be what we could have been, In voting for her, or failing to provide adequate opposition.

We are a, we are a, each a lack of, a failing; each points to a loss of what could have been. A poem of implied antonym, of antithesis. The poetry is in all the things that are not said - all the things we didn't get to be.

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David Blake

Wed 17th Apr 2013 14:37

One of the truest, most human sentiments expressed on the late PM I've seen yet. I like the repetition Julian, drives the overlying message home for me and that's always important with any poem I feel.

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Tue 16th Apr 2013 21:47

An interesting take Julian..I like what you did with your words :)

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Julian (Admin)

Tue 16th Apr 2013 16:26

Apologies for editing it after your comments.

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Julian (Admin)

Tue 16th Apr 2013 16:21

I thank you for your comments. A bit rushed but I felt the need to mark, not her passing so much as my dislike of how hypocritical she was and all this is; the way her death is being exploited by others on both 'sides'. In the end, whatever you make of it all, she is someone's grandma, and should be buried by her family with the respect one would give to any dead grandmother; not all this exploitation which will backfire on the Tory party, I am sure. Unless you take a conspiracy view, that they are using it cynically to provoke a reaction.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 16th Apr 2013 14:08

I enjoyed the sardonic use of "We have become a (dead)grandmother" to set the style of the content, which, by necessity I guess, would not be appropriate to anything positive in her achievements in office. One of the more imaginative contributions of its type, with its adoption of some well-known lines from elsewhere to enhance the overall effect.

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 16th Apr 2013 13:55

Good technique - very tight Julian - Loved it :-)

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