Sonnet for Shevchenko

Sonnet for Shevchenko

Sonnet for Shevchenko YOU called the yearning soul of man “Ukraine”     And raised your heart to hunger’s unwashed sky;     You made your sacred hymn the Cossack’s cry, And tuned your kobza to your country’s pain.   You saw your father scourged by serfdom’s...
Decades for the Queen

Decades for the Queen

Decades for the Queen I Vow of Dedication, 1947  She saw through darkness the white flame of glory And followed, steadfast, blessing the sacred hour; Though skies rained death, she stood erect, a tower Of English stones cut from an ancient quarry. Tender of years, of...
To Jacob Rees-Mogg

To Jacob Rees-Mogg

To Jacob Rees-Mogg Jacob of England! Champion of good grace,Type of your noble nation’s noblest charms,With peerless wit, your gallantry disarmsThe self-made masters of the human race. Vox populi, of wide and warm embrace,From marbled cities to the moss-clad...
Letter to Parliament

Letter to Parliament

Letter to Parliament Magnum Concilium, as long ago You had been styled, when William made great show At London, Gloucestershire, and Winchester, Of your assemblies! Noble ancestor Of what is now a squalid den of thieves That, without shame, the people’s will...
For Brexit Day

For Brexit Day

Once More the Banner Once more the banner of our fathers’ pride Waves proud above a fallen Europe’s head!Once more a godless empire topples dead At Britain’s feet, the tyrant’s rule denied! To Bonaparte’s false dream our guns replied, At Waterloo, where many of us...