The Skies Above Kent, 1940

Who shall make manifest again the courage of Lionheart?

who will make their way to

the cockpit of the Hurricane?

who shall glance upward at adversarial skies

abuzz with intruders and not blanch?

A radio’s circumspect utterance that

there might be something terribly amiss

at odds with Summer’s timeless evocation

reassuring approbation of cider in the jar

and the sound of willow on leather;

In such moments who do we expect

to step up to the mark?

to re-enact that which was all too bloodily

enacted on long ago days under different skies,

Agincourt, Ypres, Mafeking, Trafalgar, Waterloo;

those days have long burdened us to be this way,

coffin-borned Te Deums that ensure it falls

to Summer to offer up its stage whereon we,

we all get to play our part:

tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,

wherever tyranny and liberty rendezvous,

who shall make manifest again the courage of Lionheart?

who will make their way to

the cockpit of the Hurricane?

2 thoughts on “The Skies Above Kent, 1940

  1. VijayNair

    A fine evocation of the bravery of British airmen during ”their finest hour” in the Battle of Britain.

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  2. John A Fingleton

    It was a time that marked the bravery of the world….I see from the last comment that the word ‘British’ is used….all of the few were not British…..but held their values…despite their difference in the future.

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