Friday, 20 October 2017

At Place Schuman

What would dear Robert Schuman think?
Intrepid forger of the link
In a Europe ravished by the war
Of a Common Market – Open Door!

First six, then nine make up the Team
Squabbles break out on the scene
Compromises, tariffs, trade
Border checks, a new decade ...

On tiptoe, Britain comes on stream
But Thatcher's meddling is seen
As a thorn in Europe's doughty flesh
A referendum does the rest.

Now summit talks on BREXIT rage
How will history turn this page?
The Union shakes but is not stirred
A proviso cocktail is inferred...

From his vantage point against the sky
Schuman, stony-faced, stands by
Reduced to a statue in the Park
And metro stop in Brussels heart...

(c) Poet in the woods 2017

EU Summit on BREXIT: 19-22 October, 2017



1 comment:

  1. Dear Sarah
    Like this . Interesting internal rhymes in stanzas 2 & 3 ...Team & scene...stream & scene...more my careless style than your careful style...but it works!
    My Sarah ( Kate's younger sister) sang Schumann's "Frauenliebe und Leben" for her performance recital for her B. Mus. I was deeply touched...it traces a woman's relationship with her husband, fiancé, & then spouse...from wooing to death. I envisaged her singing the final lament at her husband's coffin (hopefully a long way away) (good Jesse Norman vid here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KEgm9DV70o) Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan (you can probably translate this better than me....Now, I am experiencing (real) pain for the first time)
    Keep up the poesy
    Stephan

    (Don't see M very much but she is always amazing when I do see her)

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