Friday, 29 December 2017

Passports, please!

Blue is the Colour

Give out cigars, pass round the port;
we have some news of your passport.
In two years time the document’s hue
from old burgundy will change to blue.
The leavers hailing the move as iconic
said that this gesture is also symbolic
but the remainers, being melancholic,
view the situation as utterly shambolic.
Over and over they were heard to say:
“Time will come when we rue the day
because we have left the EU’s support
for the sake of the tint of the passport”.
Yet the government decision to reissue
that legal instrument is not the issue;
let’s try to get an objective perspective
as it was not the Eurocrats’ directive.

© Luigi Pagano

'Iconic' blue British passport to return after Brexit

Luigi Pagano has published three collections of poems: ‘Idle Thoughts’, ’Reflections’ and ‘Poetry On Tap’. His work has been featured in ABCTales’ magazines,UKAuthors’ anthologies, Poetry24 and several other publications.

My Father's Passport

I have it still my father’s Italian passport
Worn and green, showing a thin man
That had spent too long
At war in desert heat
And in a broken homeland.

Soon after emigrating
To the victor’s country,
A new blue British passport
Was provided, followed later
By the EU’s crimson document.

He smiled: ‘All the same now,
You and me
And me and you’
We shook our heads
It was nothing to us

But perhaps for him
Much more meaningful;
What would he say now?
The old passport in his hands,
Flicking through its pages.

© David Subacchi

'Iconic' blue British passport to return after Brexit

David Subacchi lives in Wales (UK) where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has 4 published collections of his English Language poetry: First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016) and A Terrible Beauty (2016) as well as a collection in Welsh: Eglwys Yng Nghremona (2016).