Thursday, April 29, 2021

Socialist Sonnet No. 31

 HMS Queen Elizabeth

Rule Britannia, Britannia ruled the waves,

Raising Union Jack over distant soils

To plunder the products of native toils

And protect the trade in sugar and slaves.

But today, in these now enlightened times,

Regrets are expressed for what’s in the past,

Yet young men and women before the mast

Are prepared to commit more modern crimes.

Just three billion pounds sterling it seems

Buys a carrier to carry the flag

To fly in the face of all foreign rags

Daring to defy Britannia’s dreams.

Surely such a petrified heart of oak

Is little more than a bellicose joke. 

D. A.

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