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The British
(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

The British

Take some Picts, Celts and Silures
And let them settle,
Then overrun them with Roman conquerors.

Remove the Romans after approximately 400 years
Add lots of Norman French to some
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings, then stir vigorously.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Sudanese.

Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians
And Pakistanis,
Combine with some Guyanese
And turn up the heat.

Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, Bosnians,
Iraqis and Bangladeshis together with some
Afghans, Spanish, Turkish, Kurdish, Japanese
And Palestinians
Then add to the melting pot.

Leave the ingredients to simmer.

As they mix and blend allow their languages to flourish
Binding them together with English.

Allow time to be cool.

Add some unity, understanding, and respect for the future,
Serve with justice
And enjoy.

Note: All the ingredients are equally important. Treating one ingredient better than another will leave a bitter unpleasant taste.

Warning: An unequal spread of justice will damage the people and cause pain. Give justice and equality to all.

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Comments (73)

it's me. im 12 year olds studying poetry
prepare to be bombarded by 12 year olds studying poetry. im sorry
People should invest in tolerance and also in knowing that good fences make good neighbors. There are comments infra that don't belong here, and others, in my opinion, tainted by excessive intolerance concerning form.
I am surprised why, when people is interested in leaving silly, insensitive or even offensive remarks, why they do it in a site about poetry, that id transversal and universal, open to all but not to " everything" ... I say things that seem inconsiderate in my poems, and almost don't recognize myself...and that implies that I never prejudge or vilify another. Abot the lines: yes, open society, by naming the innumerable mixes, it achieves its purpose.
Very truth why can't it be like that every where
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