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Flag (Lament)

 
 
 

 
Next summer no sign of a flag
 
What a drag
 
No fluttering cross from a car
 
Empty bars
 
 
 
George defeated by a Croat dragon
 
Our heart is saddened
 
Goliath, tamed from Zagreb, is found
 
Weeping, wounded, and unsound
 
 
 
High expectations slowly unfrocked
 
Defence unlocked
 
Defiantly waving banners with desperation
 
It’s over; only respiration
 
 
 
Red merges white – we surrender
 
1966: remember
 
Faded flags of former glories
 
That brings old men’s’ stories
 
 
 
Muffled voices, startled looks
 
For disbelief and flights of rooks
 
Darken the sky; amid the land –
 
The flag, bemused, dare not stand
 
 
 
So console your symbol of power
 
Walk away to that ivory tower
 
Give it a rest for a while
 
As Europe wryly smiles.
 
 
 
• My anti-jingoism poem that tries to lower the flag a little.  Many feel the Union Jack and cross of St. George has been somewhat ‘hijacked’ by factions of the far right.  ‘Faded flags of former glories’ has a double meaning really – football (England were beaten by Croatia in a group qualifying game in 2007) and empire.  We are a spent force in both of these areas, but many still feel we are a world power; in both football and as a military force: we are neither.
 
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