RIGHT TURN by Richard Seymour

The following lines were written many years ago when this country faced decisions that

affected its future survival.  Post-Brexit, they have a very contemporary resonance.

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Though Britannia rules exalted

In our heartfelt hymns of praise

Now we see her standing halted

At the parting of the ways.

 

To her left a road descending

Through a vaunted land of bliss

But beyond the corner ending

In a bottomless abyss.

 

To her right a pathway leading

Up a steep and rocky slope

Where the climber, toil unheeding,

Sees the dawning gleam of hope.

 

While Britannia doubting lingers

May her Guardian Angel's light

Show a myriad ghostly fingers

Only pointing to the right.

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◄ LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE

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John Coopey

Mon 26th Sep 2016 18:20

Tight rhythms and a rhyme scheme of abab which I'd difficult to manage in such short lines while still remaining on message. Enjoyed the image of "myriad ghostly fingers".

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