Sonnet for the Politically Correct

poem by: Geoffrey Brewer
Written on Oct 29, 2016

[There is a history of the world, parallel with that which we know - or is it?]

Then Horatius slew no foes to defend the bridge
But invited Lars Porsena across for tea and crumpets
With our English dead did we not close up the breach
Nor storm the wall to sound of drums and trumpets
No promise of toil, tears, and sweat was made, but in lieu
One of handouts entitlements, counselling and free contraceptives
Our spokesmen were exhorted to tolerate every view
No 'evil empire' was confronted, with robust invective
We submitted to dependence, delusion and wishful thinking
In that parallel world of sweetness, light and no villainy
On a gradual slippery slope not aware we were sinking
In a slow subtle deluge of utopian soft tyranny 
A servile decaying world we inherit if we neglect
The fight for freedom, but embrace the politically correct

Horatius at the Bridge - Lord Macaulay
Henry V - Shakespeare
Churchill - Speech 1940
Ronald Reagan - on Soviet Union


Tags: sad, anger, metaphor, dark, fear,

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John Rodie commented:
Even though i may not agree with the sentiment I like the references and use of others words within your own. But it isn't a sonnet! Though still a well written poem thanks
Geoffrey Brewer commented:
Thanks for your comments. I suspected that not all would agree with me on this rather contentious subject. That's alright. I thought I had written a Shakespearian sonnet I.e. 14 lines of iambic pentameter with the rhyming pattern: a b a b c d c d e f e f g g. Am I wrong?
Raychill Ellisonwonderland commented:
Some of the words you use make me have to get out my dictionary. This is great! You are not only sharing such powerful imagery, you are helping to expand my language skills. thank you
Geoffrey Brewer commented:
Thanks Raychill. When young it came to my attention that my vocabulary was limited, and I took to carrying a small dictionary with me. So keep that dictionary handy.
Christopher Russon commented:
Lovely way of writing would you like to edit my poems Geoffrey.Just kidding but you do write Well.


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