Community is a fashionable word and gets media attention,

But the English Working Poor is one that never gets a mention.


Others and their brothers tend to riot in the street,

But the English Working Poor get on in the hope that they'll meet


Triumph and Disaster (those two imposters!) just the same,

Well aware that life's dull care is rarely without blame.


You'll find them carrying the banner when tyranny shows its face,

Because they know the land they love would deny a tyrant space.


In Britain they have put the "Great" with fierce pride in their old land,

And serve to keep its backbone straight when war strikes up the band.


They know their place far beyond the way it keeps them at the door,

And quietly go about proud lives - the English Working Poor.









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John Marks

Sat 20th Aug 2016 19:21

Aye aye, the poor is allus with us,
And that's a flat - pack fact;
But there's nowt so quare as folk
Tha knows, t'rich is mostly twats.

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John Coopey

Sat 20th Aug 2016 09:23

I have to smile, MC, at the criticism this attracts for praising the virtues of the working poor.
Keep posting, old friend.

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Alexandra Parapadakis

Thu 18th Aug 2016 22:54

This is a powerful piece! It would be perfect for slam poetry

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 18th Aug 2016 19:10

As a child of the post WW2 years, it was not lost on me
how many who had most to lose in terms of essential
support through deaths of their essential earners were
nonetheless staunch supporters of flag and sovereign.
I suppose that has stayed with me since those distant
days of a bomb-site, strictly rationed England. I do not
seek to glorify war but to salute the stoic resilience of
the most susceptible to its destructive effects that made
ultimate victory and a return to normal life possible then -
and even now.
Being taken for granted is something I think they would
know about.

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 18th Aug 2016 17:52

If Kipling ever picked up a gun his poetry would have been 100% improved, and his audience at least 50% diminished.

Some glorify the flag, I say piss on the flag..and unlike many I have every right to say that..I have nothing to prove.


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M.C. Newberry

Thu 18th Aug 2016 16:16

Thanks for the responses, gents.

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 18th Aug 2016 11:45

Of course the poor are never visible if we chose not to see them.

And tell me this, when they are repeatedly fucked over in times of peace, how long can we expect good old Johnny Smith who knows his place to rise up and protect those who pontificate about their imagined loyalty and high ideal patriotism.

I joined up because I wanted to test myself, and to kill wankers who killed people who couldn't defend themselves.

Throughout my service I came to love an England I created for myself in my own mind, not one conveniently written for me by some blustering fat bellied twat sending poor old Pals off to their slaughter.

I dont recognise that bullshit England.


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Trevor Alexander

Thu 18th Aug 2016 11:35

I like this - and the nod to Kipling.

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