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mirella ([personal profile] mirella) wrote2012-08-11 10:38 pm
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Translating the British - Carol Ann Duffy

A summer of rain, then a gap in the clouds
and The Queen jumped from the sky
to the cheering crowds.
We speak Shakespeare here,
a hundred tongues, one-voiced; the moon bronze or silver,
sun gold, from Cardiff to Edinburgh
by way of London Town,
on the Giant's Causeway;
we say we want to be who we truly are,
now, we roar it. Welcome to us.
We've had our pockets picked,
the soft, white hands of bankers,
bold as brass, filching our gold, our silver;
we want it back.
We are Mo Farah lifting the 10,000 metres gold.
We want new running-tracks in his name.
For Jessica Ennis, the same; for the Brownlee brothers,
Rutherford, Ohuruogu, Whitlock, Tweddle,
for every medal earned,
we want school playing fields returned.
Enough of the soundbite abstract nouns,
austerity, policy, legacy, of tightening metaphorical belts;
we got on our real bikes,
for we are Bradley Wiggins,
side-burned, Mod, god;
we are Sir Chris Hoy,
Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton, Kenny, Hindes,
Clancy, Burke, Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas,
Olympian names.
We want more cycle lanes.
Or we saddled our steed,
or we paddled our own canoe,
or we rowed in an eight or a four or a two;
our names, Glover and Stanning; Baillie and Stott;
Adlington, Ainslie, Wilson, Murray,
Valegro (Dujardin's horse).
We saw what we did. We are Nicola Adams and Jade Jones,
bring on the fighting kids.
We sense new weather.

I like this - I don't know if the formatting is right, grabbed it from a news page but haven't seen it in print yet. I gather the lists of names are attracting negative comment, but I like poems like American Names and so on, so it's to my taste.

[identity profile] laumiere.livejournal.com 2012-08-12 06:03 am (UTC)(link)
I'd rather keep the DLA and scrap cycle lanes.

[identity profile] bopeepsheep.livejournal.com 2012-08-12 06:43 am (UTC)(link)
I don't think the two are mutually exclusive. A bit of tax collection in the right places and we could afford both.

[identity profile] jarel.livejournal.com 2012-08-12 01:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for posting that. All I'd seen up to now was someone else's moaning about it, but I really like that.