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Broken England

Broken England
By Steven Cooke

My Brave ancestors of England,
Look away, for I offend thee.

For your England is no more.
Decay eats away at this fallen empire.
Your people divided,
Its laws weakened by Europe’s power.
Its leadership, protecting the few.
The fresh air of your Country gone,
Only the stench of anarchy remains
Heroes of The Somme look away for I offend thee.

Stock Market Parasites, take without producing
Corporations overwhelm, the weak,
Without paying their due.
Their off shore havens digest the life blood of this once great nation,
Leaving the scraps of minimum wage for the masses to beg. 
The dead of Pashendale look away for I offend thee.

Government legislate to keep us in bondage to 66
Over the hill at 50, to wonder the dole queues
Youth denied education, 
Universities at a price,
Qualifications for the chosen few,
Unemployment, for the poor.
Our brothers of Gallipoli look away for I offend thee.

Our Cities are in pain.
Hopeless lives, with hopeless dreams,
Hopeless choices, drugs, crime,
Or silence behind closed doors.
Babies born to fail,
Children, exposed to depression and chips.
The ghosts of Arnhem look away for I offend thee.

A voice in the darkness, shouts its rage
The iron curtain of youth descends on England
This is no Lennon revolution,
This is youth with no future, abandoned by government
No rules here to obey, No Civic pride,
 No sense of History, no Country to protect
The Saviours of Goose green look away for I offend thee

But fat cats beware, for there is a dream,
That cannot be bought.
A warning from history.
A country cannot go forward,
Without learning from the past.

Your greed will self destruct
Your Paradise a lie
For a Dangerous wind now blows,
And common sense, will fail.
For England is Broken,
And life will never be the same,
In England’s green and pleasant land.
Now It is my turn to look away, 
for you see this offends me too.


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  1. Date: 10/23/2011 11:28:00 AM
    really,this poem reminded me the fact of my country(India). but steve we writers can chage the present situations by motivating people through our art of wrting. you are no doubt, a special poet for me and you have proved it by this lovely poem....great,Love -by Amit

  1. Date: 9/21/2011 7:23:00 PM
    So glad I found this one Steven. Britain got it first but America is well on its way with Canada and Australia right in tow. The writing is on the wall and I wonder if it is too late. You have eyes to see where so many are blind. An amazing revelation dear friend. You are a complete conscience!

  1. Date: 8/29/2011 5:21:00 PM
    dust bowl is blowing across the globe....repeating history.

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 9:10:00 PM
    someone says 'send it to the queen' I say send it to every newspaper in the land. Written from the heart Steven....very thought provoking. regards Margaret

  1. Date: 8/16/2011 4:07:00 AM
    I am aware of the recent turmoil in your country, Steven, and I hope we do learn from the past or we will NOT move forward. The anarchy and lost dreams of which you speak are shared among many nations now. Greed has infested too many lives. As for the last two lines, I've heard, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." Remain courageous and help lead England out of this tumultuous abyss. We Americans should do the same. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/13/2011 4:06:00 PM
    Hey bro! Don't be haten of Brittan! America has got it too! And threw the brink of salvation, Love and kindness shall prevail... But, you hit the nail on the head,,, I don't mean any harm or harsh criticism, but, I like a little rhyme with my moral decay and destruction....Good write-up...precise, so precise and exactly to the point! Your friend in the pen/G.FIELDS Let those who can hear, hear the plea of the obvious..........

  1. Date: 8/12/2011 10:33:00 PM
    Had to read again Steven, the picture is mesmerizing and so awful. Hope you are'nt affrected by it.

  1. Date: 8/12/2011 6:24:00 PM
    Sad thought filled… your poem so poignant expresses how many are feeling. Let’s not forget sometimes we have to take two steps backward before we can progress, this is dichotomy we call- life!

  1. Date: 8/12/2011 6:21:00 PM
    I agree with everything.. amazing way to express your feelings.... send it to the Queen my friend......Michael

  1. Date: 8/12/2011 8:32:00 AM
    I like it, wonderful. esp ..Their off shore havens....I never imagined it was that bad, I guess it's the same everywhere, every country and every place. People such as you and me look back and feel a loss. regards Rinki.

  1. Date: 8/11/2011 10:04:00 PM
    Love your work! So emotion filled & written well.

  1. Date: 8/11/2011 1:25:00 PM
    is it the monarchy or the parliament, steve?... i feel with you; a most riveting piece that calls for action and resolution... inspired! :) hugggs, nette

  1. Date: 8/11/2011 1:23:00 PM
    This is great stuff Steven. Loved every truth filled word. I put it in my faves. Wonderful verse. Now let he who hads an ear hear. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 8/11/2011 11:40:00 AM
    Steven your poetry has amazed me today . Thank you for posting it for us all to read and enjoy. Hoping you have a wonderful inspiration filled day. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/11/2011 8:51:00 AM
    I agree with your overview here, Steven. There is no excuse for these riots, looting and violence, but our government is living in denial when it says that their savage cuts have not been one of the causes. Our eldest son and family live directly between Lewisham and Peckham (both badly affected areas), so we are a little worried. Yes, the England of my youth is dead and gone. Regards, Robert.

  1. Date: 8/10/2011 9:32:00 PM
    A marvellous write Steven on the degradation so much of the western world is going through. I wrote you a soup mail before reading this and you will see how much we think alike. Take care my friend and keep safe. Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 8/10/2011 5:26:00 PM
    It isn't just England, it's much of our world. We are in the throes of the birth of some new order. Good or bad; it will be different.

  1. Date: 8/10/2011 3:27:00 PM
    a grand synopsis steven of the utter degradation happening in England now and the rampant violence luv.. hope u are safe and far from it.. maybe this could be sent to the Queen Mother.. it is magnifico ...

  1. Date: 8/10/2011 2:50:00 PM
    Glorious write Sir Steven mate the U.S. is the same and many are left with nothing no jobs for the young or the disenfranchised, so many angry and I certainly can't blame them, such a sad thing....with love....old Jack