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Hereward The Wake - Last of the English!


The Lone Ranger gallops through the suburbs,

his sidekick on the smaller horse. Legends

gather, like tumbleweed – Beowulf, Robin Hood.

He’s making for the badlands of the best

hotel, where blue-chinned ones with foreign names,

amidst the liquor and the girls, conspire…


Elsewhere, no one is wholly innocent

but in rhetorical worlds – Question Time

in the House, the lounge of the Albion,

the Synod – there are only opposites.

‘Good’ and ‘evil’ have a human shape…


The gun smoke clears and everyone is dead.

“Long live Captain Marvel!”


© Copyright David Selzer
2 Responses
  • John Chapman
    July 25, 2011

    Coincidence is in itself a strange beast. My daughter has just bought me ‘Hereward’ by James Wilde. Hereward The Wake is billed as the last Englishman, the first forgotten freedom fighter and the forgotten hero’. As I only know the name it will be interesting to know the man.

  • John Huddart
    August 11, 2011

    Is that The Albion in Chester – standing in for England? Shazam indeed to Talking Heads everywhere!

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