What Have They Done To My Country?

What Have They Done To My Country?

A Poem by Baz
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An attempt at something a bit more grown up. This is a poem about austerity in Ireland. The tiger mentioned below is a reference to the economic boom in the 90's called the Celtic Tiger.

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What have they done to my country?
The place of my ancestral roots.
Where once she was proud she's now feeble and cowed
By the faceless grey men in their suits.
These allies once jealously guarded
The fruits of their ill-gotten gain.
But these blackguards and thieves now say Roll up your sleeves.
Take your share of society's pain.
They gambled away all our futures
Just to play the unwinnable game.
But the house of cards fell on their cosy cartel
Yet they say we share equal the blame.
But most of us didn't spend wildly,
Or live in excess of our means.
Yet still we're not able to put food on the table,
And we've holes in the arse of our jeans.
While the others who killed off the Tiger,
By the laying of farcical bets,
Still have plenty of bread and sleep sound in their bed
As the rest of us pay off their debts. 
But it's all for the good of the country!
And although on some level that's true
Is it fair that the penny of the innocent many
Should pay for the sins of the few?
What have they done to my country?
Her children lay battered and bruised.
They are weakened and frail and they're all up for sale.
No reasonable offer refused. 

© 2013 Baz


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Sharks in suits; the deadliest predators of all; enough has never been enough for them and it never will be.

The odious Mr Sean Quinn sprang to mind as I read this.

Beccy.

Posted 5 Years Ago


You aren't alone... The destroyers were out in force and the world is still paying off their greed. Real money goes somewhere - it isn't lost and if the rest was all made up - then who did the making?

Posted 9 Years Ago


well you grew up pretty fast with this one Baz...Great rhythm and rhyme, as usual..and a powerful message

Posted 9 Years Ago


Baz

9 Years Ago

Thanks for reading and the comment. A bit of a departure from my normal writing. Must get back to wr.. read more
Dr. Wood ?

9 Years Ago

Or terrorist teddies and fairies...
I like this poem and I am pretty sure I understand exactly what you are talking about. I think you assign blame to the 'suits' (which I assume means business men, bankers, etc.) when I personally believe the fault lies with government. Maybe you could add in a stanza about the leaders and their motivations which lead them astray from the good of the country. The true good I mean.

Posted 9 Years Ago


Baz

9 Years Ago

Thanks for the read and the comment. Much appreciated. The men in the suits is everyone that contrib.. read more

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Dublin, Ireland



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