Hard Times of Old England

Half of England is waiting on a phone call
to let them know that there’s room at the trough ,
the voice of their Masters telling them
knees are for bending and caps are to doff.

Half of England is waiting to go to work
and be allowed their share of the swill ,
the voice of their Masters telling them
they’ve accepted those terms of their own free will .

Half of England is still waiting on a phone call
to be told where and when to go ,
the voice of their Masters telling them
England is on the road to recovery you know .

Half of England is ingratiatingly grateful for work
though few know the reason why ,
working conditions look all too familiar
like scenes from , ” The Bridge on the River Kwai “.

3 thoughts on “Hard Times of Old England

  1. VijayNair

    A masterly performance! There is a taut control over the quatrains and the satire is subtle.Auden’s ‘The Unknown Citizen’ meets Orwell’s ‘1984’! ‘Big Brother’ and ‘ Newspeak’ suppress the common man’s thought process.David Lean’s ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai” , introduced aptly in the last line, reveals the delusion/illusion of doing one’s duty even when the truth is staring you in the face.

  2. John A Fingleton

    You have pinned your colours to the mast many times Louis…I hope it works for you..I believe that in this small space we should become more united and deal with the problems from within. But I also understand the British mentallity, that if they cannot control and rule…then eveyone else is wrong


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