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[*] Post 461704 posted on 11-8-2012 at 10:22 Reply With Quote
Carol Ann Duffy



TRANSLATING THE BRITISH, 2012
A summer of rain, then a gap in the clouds

and The Queen jumped from the sky

to the cheering crowds.

We speak Shakespeare here,

a hundred tongues, one-voiced; the moon bronze or silver,

sun gold, from Cardiff to Edinburgh

by way of London Town,

on the Giantís Causeway;

we say we want to be who we truly are,

now, we roar it. Welcome to us.

Weíve had our pockets picked,

the soft, white hands of bankers,

bold as brass, filching our gold, our silver;

we want it back.

We are Mo Farah lifting the 10,000 metres gold.

We want new running-tracks in his name.

For Jessica Ennis, the same; for the Brownlee brothers,

Rutherford, Ohuruogu, Whitlock, Tweddle,

for every medal earned,

we want school playing-fields returned.

Enough of the soundbite abstract nouns,

austerity, policy, legacy, of tightening metaphorical belts;

we got on our real bikes,

for we are Bradley Wiggins,

side-burned, Mod, god;

we are Sir Chris Hoy,

Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton, Kenny, Hindes,

Clancy, Burke, Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas,

Olympian names.

We want more cycle lanes.

Or we saddled our steed,

or we paddled our own canoe,

or we rowed in an eight or a four or a two;

our names, Glover and Stanning; Baillie and Stott;

Adlington, Ainslie, Wilson, Murray,

Valegro (Dujardinís horse).

We saw what we did. We are Nicola Adams and Jade Jones,

bring on the fighting kids.

We sense new weather.

We are on our marks. We are all in this together.














(Nailed it, didn't she.)
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[*] Post 461705 posted on 11-8-2012 at 11:28 Reply With Quote


Not keen !
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[*] Post 461706 posted on 11-8-2012 at 11:36 Reply With Quote


Funnily enough someone else just said the same thing to me. They felt it started off well but then came to nothing. I think, however, it is exactly the sort of poem that a poet laureate writes to mark important occasions.
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