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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 09:01 pm

People's Poetry

Jacqueline Jackson Presents

englandthanksgiving poem

I can predict when they’ll be back
I told the greenham common campers
all of us poised for the cruise missiles
to return from war games on salisbury
plain thursday is our thanksgiving the
americans will want wednesday to get
where they’re going for the holiday so
they’ll need the morning to deploy
therefore they’ll return tuesday night
I was right midnight some fifty police
lorries four abreast on the narrow road
led the parade headlights blinding then
the dark missiles huge terrible long as
tall buildings laid on their sides grim
bobbies standing shoulder to shoulder
to keep the women from flinging paint
we flung anyway though not me if you
are jailed you’ll lose your passport they
said but I got paint on my green down
jacket plus rips from the gorse bush
that a bobby pitched me into my kids
say get rid of that old rag but I wear it
every winter it is my battle stripes

© Jacqueline Jackson 2008

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