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Everyone's England - A riposte to 'England, My England' - see below
Now England once was a country it's true,
But its name and its rulers came out of the blue
From Germany where the Angles were great.
They  came to the help of a poor Roman state
Whose legions had gone back over the sea
To defend their own city in warm Italy.
King Arthur's great country was soon overrun
With Angles and Saxons who thought it was fun
To turn on the Celts who had no fighting band
And rename the country Angleland.
Then the Danes came to eat up a piece of the pie
So the Celts had to flee to the West or else die.
While Saxons and Danes were squabbling over
Romano-Britain's grass and sweet clover
A Bastard in France had his eye on the country
And slipped over the Channel with his Norman army.
The English beat off the Danes in the North
Then down to the South they quickly set forth.
But Harold their King took his eye off the battle.
The English were lost and enslaved as French cattle.
So who are the English? The Celts or the Germans?
The Danes the Norwegians, the frenchified Normans?
The bastards the Italians knitted and purled,
Or slaves they brought from the old Roman World?
So just face the truth we're a bit of a mix,
A mongerel breed that needs the odd fix
Of new blood that comes from that strange place - abroad
From Ireland and Europe and Asia's great horde
And Africa's plains, from where  we all come.
So under the skin we are all just the same.
If England is great this is why it is should be
Here everyone has the right to be free.
Author's Notes:
 
There is currently something of an anti-immigrant movement in Britain at the moment typified by this message and poem I recently received - my poem is a riposte to this  Little Englander view (it means a short sighted natioinalistic person).
 
"I find it deplorable the the way the EU has set about destroying England as a nation.   This peom is so true and distressing, hence the reason I am sending it to you."
 
ENGLAND, MY ENGLAND

Goodbye to my England, so long my old friend

Your days are numbered, being brought to an end

To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that's fine

But don't say you're English, that's way out of line.

The French and the Germans may call themselves such

So may Norwegians, the Swedes and the Dutch

You can say you are Russian or maybe a Dane

But don't say you're English ever again.

At Broadcasting House the word is taboo

In Brussels it's scrapped, in Parliament too

Even schools are affected, staff do as they're told

They must not teach children about England of old.

Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and Shaw

The pupils don't learn about them anymore

How about Agincourt, Hastings, Arnhem or Mons?

When England lost hosts of her very brave sons.

We are not Europeans, how can we be?

Europe is miles away, over the sea

We're the English from England, let's all be proud

Stand up and be counted............shout it out loud!

Let's tell our Government and Brussels too

We're proud of our heritage and the Red, White and Blue

Fly the flag of Saint George or the Union Jack

Let the world know....WE WANT OUR ENGLAND BACK !!!

 

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Comments:
Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on May 18, 2010 05:07:57 PM Report
Thanks for all the great history in this fine poem, David...I think it's funny when I hear Americans lamenting about wanting our country back. Do they want to return to the great ideals and principles of our founding fathers, like killing Indians so we could take their land?...len
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on May 16, 2010 11:15:29 PM Report
Oh Davide, bring me history in a poem and it shall be in my memory band forevermore. (otherwise there isn't much hope for me) This is a marvelous piece of work that I appreciate greatly. I love that you recognize that a country is made up of a mix of many cultures and races. My Canada is the same, we welcome foreigners with open arms for they do enrich our country. There are many who are opposed to immigrants but how can they be? Surely if they trace their roots they will find, like myself, their great-grandparents or grandparents were immigrants or decendants of immigrants too. I am thankful Canada allowed my grandparents to immigrate to Canada...therefore I shall never begrudge immigrants. True, there are sometimes issues where other cultures are concerned but we are a great nation with the capability of sorting through the issues and coming up with solutions that make way for the immigrants while satisfying Canada's governing body. I love what you say in this piece...I love how you say it...you are spot on imo...brilliant Davide....BRILLIANT!!

~Barbara~ *thrilled to read you again*
 

Comment By: Freeviv brady on May 16, 2010 03:15:08 PM Report
and of course there is the afro-carribean and indian tradition which also enriched the country and helped make it multi-racial. a finely crafted work. : )
Comment By: FreeFilthy on May 16, 2010 11:58:50 AM Report
Where I work we have a lot of Poles, they never understand why I call the English the Bastard race!
I do love a bit of history...and you certainly delivered here mate.
Off to my faves this one, David.




 


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