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Britannia

 
 

(For John Hobson)
 

The English do not trifle
at Devon Cream Tea

they put away the Bible
and dreams of rule at sea
 
The noblest of rites begin
before they even start
instead of whipping Gunga Din
whip clotted cream for tart

 
If only afternoon could stretch
the entire day, or more –
why, Britannia might never have
blighted our native shore!

 
 
[© R.Kanth 2006]

 

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (Novel) , A Day in the Life (Novel), and Expiations (Verse)

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