The Fall of The Empress
|The Queen and Theresa May|
A new day has dawned, just for a moment full of promise,
Then the world come flooding back,
It wasn't meant to be like this
Today, the Queen will bless the house,
The Queen - who has seen so many come and go,
Churchill was the first, many decades ago,
A giant from a different world.
|How it was meant to be|
"Mirror Mirror on the wall, oh go to Hell" ,
In her mind she sees them all, lined up
"Et tu Brutus?"
Today the Empire will fall around her feet,
As the Queen lays bare her demise before the eyes of the world,
The sycophants have moved to pastures new,
She stands alone.
Copyright 2017 Roger Tichborne.
Today's poem is was specially to commemorate the Queens Speech. For Theresa May, it wasn't meant to be like this.
Guest Poems are always welcome at The Barnet Eye.
Just a few words on the the subjects of Empires. I've always found it fascinating how seemingly invincible empires fall. I was born in 1962 and my father was born in 1917, in Australia. He was a "Commonwealth Citizen" and fought in the second world war. In the early part of his life, The British Empire was one of the largest empires the world had seen, controlling much of Africa and Asia. At some point, I really can't quite work out why or when exactly it all happened, the British decided that running an Empire wasn't such a marvellous thing after all, packed and went home. I am not quite sure what was the most despicable aspect of the British Empire, but probably for me it was the state we left the world when we upped sticks and came home. It should be a matter of shame for us all that just about every place on the planet where there is serious conflict is somewhere that the British Empire stirred up a hornets nest at some point. In my lifetime, the Soviet Empire fell. I travelled extensively in the USSR before the fall of communisim. It was fascinating. We'd been brainwashed that the USSR was some sort of mighty power, but in reality it was a complete shambles. I am sure their military were more than competent, but any supposedly communist society, where citizens are excluded from hard currency shops is clearly suffering a personality disorder. Whilst nuclear weapons buy a place at the top table, what is the point if your population is pauperised. But then Emperors in their palaces have never much cared about such things.
|Obi Wan Kenobi|
I do wonder what The Queen makes of it all. Her first Prime Minister was Churchill, perhaps the man, more than any other, who saved the world from the Nazi's. A tower of a man. Maybe her last Prime Minister? Theresa May, a woman who can't even butter up the DUP to support her. I doubt the Queen has ever had such a speech to read. One imagines she is mightily put out, given she was meant to be at the Gee Gee's today. Perhaps the one lesson we can draw is that, as my Dad often told me "an Empire is at its weakest when it looks to be at its most powerful".
One final word. I don't believe it is anti British to be critical of the British Empire. Many on the right say that we should cut our foreign aid budget. To me, this is unpatriotic. The British owe many poor countries a huge debt. To me, a primary British value should be honouring our commitments and debts. Many of the fine Victorian edifices in London and other major cities, were built using profits from exploiting poorer countries. The least we can do is give some of that back. I am proud to be British, but people who are small minded and stingy make me embarrassed for my countrymen.