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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - A Change in the Tide

A Change in the Tide


James Bredin

Was that last American election enough to change the tide?
Hardly noticeable at the time but we’re all along for the ride?
Will these changes eventually take two or three years?
Will we get it right or wrong this time with no reason for tears?

Will the monster military memory of might still pervade?
Is a healthy democracy enough for us to persuade?
Or is a healthy economy reason enough to stay at war?
For the flag, jobs, honour, justice and democracy afar.

Will the Ministry of Defence still be master of events?
Deciding where and when to go and what will be spent?
To prove once again that military might is always right,
And bad guys, no matter who or where they are, should come out and fight.

Does anyone have the answers or will America be alone?
Is this an illusion of information that’s largely unknown?
Is human rights far away, reason enough to be involved?
Or are we in UN or NATO hands to get it all solved?

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