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Day by nomadic day Our anniversaries go by,
Dates anchored in an inner sky,
To utmost ground, interior clay.
They ruined us. They conquered continents.
We filled their uniforms. We cruised the seas.
We worked their mines and made their histories.
You work, we rule, they said. We worked; they ruled.
They fooled the tenements. All men were fooled.
Heavy rain everywhere washes up the bones of British.
Where did all that power come from, the wish
To be inert, but rich and strong, to have too much?
I am light with meditation, religiose
And mystic with a day of solitude.
And I must mourn
Until Equator crawls to Capricorn
Or murder in the sun melts down
The Arctic and Antarctica.
Film is just a reflection
Of the matchless despair of the century.
There have been twenty centuries since charity began.
Indignation is day-to-day stuff; It keeps us off the streets, it keeps us watching.
As well as between tongue and teeth, poetry happens between the ears and behind the left nipple.
God so loved the world
He puked every time he looked at it,
With a few miraculous exceptions. He's gone now.
My poems should be Clyde-built, crude and sure,
With images of those dole-deployed
To honour the indomitable Reds,
Clydesiders of slant steel and angled cranes;
A poetry of nuts and bolts, born, bred,
Embattled by the Clyde, tight and impure.
Snow is its own country, and it beckons
With its white finger crooked, and is calling
From the hush of its chilled bulk, its tons
And territories, its white ground falling.
Ours was a gentle generation, pacific,
In love with music, art and restaurants,
And he with she, strolling among the canvases,
And she with him, at concerts, coats on laps.
Almost all of us were shy when we were young.
Bored narcissists, for whom friendship is an ache,
Look for themselves in bus-queues and railway stations.
Politics soften everything.
Truth is known only to its victims.
All else is photographs – a documentary
The starving and the playboys perish in.
Life disguises itself with professionalism.
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The people currently in charge have forgotten the first principle of an open society, namely that we may be wrong and that there has to be free discussion. That it's possible to be opposed to the policies without being unpatriotic.
October 23, 1942
Douglas Eaglesham Dunn is a Scottish poet, academic, and critic. He currently lives in Scotland.
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