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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.

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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

    Good.

  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

    lol!

  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.

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 11:18:00 AM

    Very nicely penned Janette. Terrific rhyme and meter, but, more importantly, what a fantastic message with pride and loyalty shouting through. Absolutely ridiculous some of the compromises free people are now expected to make the world over. Makes you wonder, if indeed, we are free. I love this poem and this stand you have taken. Joe

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 10:46:00 AM

    Being a South African myself and hearing the warnings being echoed bout our country and hosting the World Cup sometimes take me aback.. For instance when the rugby WC was hosted by SA not a 2nd thought was raised wrt fans and their dress codes. So I absolutely understand where you coming from with this poem.. Thought provoking and taking a stand.. I love it. ~rgds Wilma

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 10:51:00 AM

    It's not just Ancestoral English who will be supporting England. Third or more generation families form all corners of the world will be supporting them. This country and i do mean the UK, and in particular the English media seem to create these situations which may encourage or incite. The government has to clam them, that's if they have the GUTS to do so. Wonderful message in your poetry Janette. It's the morons in the shirts who cause the trouble >> James

  1. Date: 5/26/2010 6:29:00 PM

    It's a very powerful write. Well done, Janette

  1. Date: 5/26/2010 5:34:00 PM

    That's strange they should tell you that. You've made it loud and clear how you feel with this well written piece

  1. Date: 5/26/2010 3:45:00 PM

    HEAR HEAR!!!!! Janette, I second every word! well said and well written by the way,

  1. Date: 5/26/2010 1:48:00 PM

    From what I can gather, they are wanting those fans who are going into public bars to watch the games, not to wear the teams shirts so as not to alianate those who are not England supporters and therefore minimise the risk of any violence breaking out. The whole point of going to the bars in team colours is for the sense of camaradery and patriatism - to be as one. I just think that to discourage patriatism on any account however well meaning the reasoning - is all wrong.

  1. Date: 5/26/2010 1:28:00 PM

    Not allowing fans to wear their team colors seems ridiculous on the first thought, Janette. Do you think the government is trying to protect you by issuing this mandate? This is a very powerful, thought-provoking write. I'd like to try to understand the reasoning behind this. And I can certainly appreciate your desire to show national pride. Love, Carolyn