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A 'Twisted' Sense of Pride

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A 'Twisted' Sense of Pride

This June, our national football team
Is going to South Africa, for the World Cup
When we were told not to wear our team colours
I thought, ‘This country has gone bottom up!’

Since when did our nation get twisted
Into a totalitarian state?
Where certain minorities have their say
Fuelling the ‘BNP’s’ fires of hate

They wouldn’t have even dare to constrain
The Welsh, the Irish or Scots
Who if told not to wear their teams colours
Would rather be hung, drawn, quartered or shot

Their sense of pride in their history
And for their Countries, is world renowned,
For England to bow to the vociferous few
Would be letting the team in South Africa down

Not to mention our troops in Afghanistan
Fighting terror so we can live free
Nailing their colours to the mast
Standing proud in the fight for their country

We here in England must echo that pride
As onwards all ‘our boys’ forge
And I for one, will be flying my flag
For Queen, Country, ‘boys’ and Saint George.

Copyright © Janette Fisher

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  1. Date: 4/24/2011 2:15:00 PM
    THIS speaks to the immense feelings of national pride. I know why it is such a popular piece! Keep writing from your patriotic heart! You've got serious talent. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 7/23/2010 4:40:00 AM
    great write janette...^_^ v

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 10:59:00 AM
    oh, ok, I remember this now. You are from England then, right? You are getting lots of comments on this fine piece. Bye now, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 12:28:00 PM

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 11:05:00 PM
    Love it ... sarah x thank you for my comments

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 5:13:00 PM
    in agreement!

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 5:11:00 PM

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 4:42:00 PM
    You are very right, and this is a beautiful poem about something so very wrong in our world today!

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 10:50:00 AM
    Very well written and I so agree with your message here. Thanks so much for sharing and thank you for your very nice comments on my featured poem. Best wishes, Caroline.

  1. Date: 6/27/2010 10:11:00 AM
    Janette, is this an entry in that contest about AFrica? I know VERY little of team sports or of the World Cup, but how else can one play without wearing colors!! To at least distinguish the teams, for heaven sakes!!! I just now saw that you had commented to my flower blog about being a carnation. Nice choice. Thanks for your comment and I enjoyed this poem..LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/15/2010 1:58:00 PM
    Soup mail in a moment, Janette.

  1. Date: 6/11/2010 9:14:00 AM
    OMG! This is outrageous and unbelievable. What a slap in the face. Mar sin leat! Joseph

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 8:48:00 PM
    I'll drink to that. Good write, Charles

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 5:24:00 PM
    Janette, I get and support each and every word you wrote. What a big steaming pile of ....T that is. Thank you for your kind comments on my poem. Wear your colors! All the best JT

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 12:22:00 PM
    OH MY Janette did this actually happen..this poem is such a tribute to the team and players and coaches and parents too.. pride in sport and country ... awesome write Janette and thankxxx for your sweet words today about my poetry.. I have had two back to back eye surgeries and am healing now so can see much better... thank God all over and recovering.. good luck on your journey with the team..luv.. Linda-Marie

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 12:08:00 PM
    This poem echoes of pride, and courage, well done, Janette, wave your flag high, dear heart.. love ARP

  1. Date: 6/1/2010 7:24:00 AM
    excellent poem excellent message, as long as we have people like yourself, how can England fail true, harry

  1. Date: 6/1/2010 5:09:00 AM
    I think that we are living in a free world and have the right to express ourselves!!! Well done and written, Janette!Thanks for your congrat on my featured poem...Wish you a nice week ahead...I have lived in Scotland in the 1980ies...and i love GB....Kind regards, Gert

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 6:07:00 PM
    I think some sort of political correctness is being overdone these days. I hear what you are saying in this poem.

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 1:10:00 PM
    Fly that flag with great pride! As you should, who would expect anything else? Loved this passionate poem from your pen. Truly a beautiful expression indeed.