Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Decision Time

There is quite an argy-bargy
going on in the South Atlantic
and although we have two wooers
that affair is not romantic.
On one side, the Argentines
have for ages been insistent
that they own the Falkland Isles
but the Brits are resistant
and rebuff the foreign claim.
The first sight, it’s almost cert,
in the year sixteen-hundred,
was by mariner de Weert.
One can argue that the islands
were discovered by the Dutch
but the link is very tenuous
and does not amount to much.
Now president de Kirchner
stakes new claims to Port Stanley
and although she’s a woman
her demands are rather manly.
This issue, most contentious,
should be sorted once for all;
the archipelago’s inhabitants
go, tomorrow, to the polls.
Yet I have got this gut feeling
that the debate will run and run
and there won’t be a resolution
when all is said and done.

© Luigi Pagano

Falkland referendum: Islanders vote on British status

Luigi Pagano is a regular contributor to and
He has published three poetry collections the latest of which - ‘Poetry On Tap