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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The United Kingdom (01/22/09)

TITLE: Conglomerate
By Keith Wallis
01/24/09


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Conglomerate (with apologies to William Blake)

Conglomerate.
You knighted kingdom,
a sceptred quadrangle
of Celt, Pict and Saxoned Angle.

And did those feats
in ancient times…….
Sending Westward
a Mayflower bouquet and blood
we taught republicanism and civil war.
Disgorging hangman’s dross Eastward
we closed our eyes to separation.

Knowing God in Armada wind,
Trafalgar smoke and Waterloo confusion,
Dunkirk deliverance;
Theostances of bewilderment.

Confounding God, with arrows of desire,
on bloody battlefields of greed and exploitation
chariots of fire
plunging daggers into African and Indian heart.
Acting god in empirical dictatorship
freeing and enslaving
healing and infecting.

Red, white and blue
combine
in different hue
on each swathe of history’s page.

Non-European
European
in orbit not hub.
A cacophony of bard and punk,
hybrid rainbow of nations now.
Accents of Scot and Welsh,
Irish and English
tickle and jostle, in melancholy,
with Jamaican jive and Polish cluck,
Indian warble, African toot.

And still we build our new mayhem
for England’s Queen and peasant land.


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Jan Ackerson 01/31/09
Wonderful imagery, superb poetic skills, just a fantastic poem in every respect. A VERY strong entry, and at the top of my list.
Eliza Evans 02/02/09
Left me breathless.
Fantastic!!
Karlene Jacobsen 02/02/09
Had to read a second time, more slowly.

Poetry ought to be savored, not inhaled, right? When the savoring is done, the pictures are in vivid detail.