Friday, 23 March 2018

A Most Distressful Country

(After 'The Wearing of the Green" Trad.)

O and John Bull dear and did you hear
The news that's going around,
Our passports are no longer
To be made on British ground,
No more we'lł paint the coat of arms
Or the royal crown enhance,
For they're making British passports
In some factory in France.

Then since Euro procurement rules
Are very far from dead,
We'll not renew these documents
And stay at home instead,
For we've plenty manufacturers
Of our own who live much nearer
And if they charge a little more
Their quality is superior.

O I met with my member of parliament
And I stretched out my hand,
Asking how is the United Kingdom
And how does she stand,
She's a most distressful country
Being led such a merry dance,
For they're making British passports
In some factory in France!

© David Subacchi

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).