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LAMENT FOR THE FOURTH ESTATE

Once Parliament was in recess – both Houses

of Hypocrisy on their long summer hols –

in the basement of an office block near

King’s Cross (where you catch the Hogwarts Express)

one Saturday morning in July,

three journalists, watched by two technicians

from GCHQ, spent three hours to save

the Government’s face, and The Guardian’s,

by destroying hard drives with drills and grinders,

circuit boards whose data – from the exiled

whistleblower Edward Snowden – was

replicated throughout the Americas.

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LAMENT FOR BERSHAM IRON WORKS

Not for the hard, life-denying graft of it

or the danger, not for the polluting smoke

or the banishing of bird song,

not for the exploitation and social

upheaval, least of all for its cannons

at Naseby, Bunker Hill, Waterloo,

but for its madness, the sheer reach of it,

the invention of it, the ambition,

the defiance, the rhythmical creak

of the horse-drawn gin pumping water

from the river, the sulphurous roars

of the furnace, the forge hammers pounding

through the ancient woods,

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WORK POSTED IN EACH CATEGORY IS LISTED ON THIS PAGE:

POETRY IS LISTED ACCORDING TO THE DATE(S) EACH POEM HAS BEEN POSTED:

28.5.20: CONTAGION; THE TOP OF THE RISE; GUESTS OF LIFE; THE SICK MAN OF EUROPE; WAITING AT THE GATE

23.4.20: THE TEARS OF CHRIST; A RIGHT CHARIVARI!; BANK HOLIDAY; BILLY GOATS GRUFF; APOCALYPSE

26.3.20: DANCING ON AIR; SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND; TO SEE A WORLD;

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