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“Malin head, twenty seven miles
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one thousand and four, rising slowly.”
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The primly erotic and entrancing voice
 3
that may well be Celia Johnson
 4
or Jean Simmons, informs us.
 5
Evoking the aroma of Chanel number 5
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and of leather, horses, and the warm musky tang
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of female pheromones.
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I imagine her dressed in a light summer skirt
 9
of crisp cotton in a floral print
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and clean white underwear,
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glimpsed, as she crosses her legs
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with thighs to die for.
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For this beautiful clarion of clarity;
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This angelic vessel of extra sensual tone,
 15
is beautiful.
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the aesthetics are audible;
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the visual images are stimulated
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by their unseen associations.
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Meanwhile, in Mogadishu or Khartoum,
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at the aftermath of another Allah Akbar attack,
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the sunlight highlights
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the fresh slick innards,
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and scattered body parts,
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As vivid red splashes
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on a grey-white background
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drying out on a dusty road.
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So far away from the world
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where we are free to be disappointed.
 29
 
 
Our foreign correspondent,
 30
(a pale and frail Oxbridge),  
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flinches nervously
 32
as a mortar shell explodes nearby,
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and then apologises,
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as only an Englishman can,
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for the background noise
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of shouts, sirens, and small arms fire.
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Just like last week, and last year
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in Palestine, and Helmand province.
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Here at home, in the mother land,
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(a province in the North Atlantic
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metaphorically adrift between
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the Old and The New World),
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our colonial brood, has long since left home.
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Although still staying in touch
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as a commonwealth of strained friendship.
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We are now like a lover
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with a harem of ex-girlfriends.
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Reminiscing on what used to be
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whilst degenerating into a state
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of third worldliness.
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The thoroughbred’s slow decline is marked
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In frayed cuffs and genteel shabbiness.
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Discouraged from patriotism
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lest we should offend others
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Who are not great.
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Still we comply with those old traditions
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of the premier division.
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Standards are maintained
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and dignity upheld
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within the tight boundaries
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of fiscal restraint.
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Even as we slip ever downwards
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towards the conference league.
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For are we not Britons,
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like last week and last year?
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For brighter shades
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glow lighter now
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like lilac buds
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on purple bough.
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The greener grass
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after the rain
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was greener still
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to Tamburlaine.
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Through an unsettled outlook
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with a depression and storms to follow.
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Like Serengeti light vessel automatic
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west veering south west
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six or seven
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says the BBC girl,
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who sounds just like Celia Johnson.
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16 Jun 11


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This is a re-write of a poem i wrote a few years ago
 — matrinh20

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