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Beloved England; whose cradle holds

still, that argument is not yet treason.








When planet's wildlife, land and seas were born,

Both wind and sun, like Venus, loved them all.

Prometheus carved Man to Earth adorn.

Save hope, Pandora's box stored ills withal.


Prime's Golden Age fell wrecked; despair's dismay,

Clean water, soil and sinless minds did drown.

Clime's ripe, our Kingdom's sap repair this may,

Mean logic's wisdom, govern reason's crown.


Loosed rhyming souls of nation gather round,

Crave 'scape from bonds of former custom's holt.

Noosed miming shoals of conscience change their ground.

Brave scholars free; contention's tools, do moult.


Might's not right, where argument's not treason,

Treason's his who's Might, denies good reason.


Season's hers, ripe times urge change behaviour,

Right's not blight where reason's Might, be saviour.








First published 1999


Note on schema:


The poem has a split between the final two couplets, enabling the reader who prefers the traditional English sonnet form to be preserved without the need for reading the last.


The idea behind this schema, was to increase the complexity by each stanza, from rhyme endings that have been handed down, to include rhymes at beginnings of lines, and up to four on the second stanza and five by the third stanza, with matching syllables.


(1-end) a b a b.

(2-begin) a b b a

(2-end) a-cde, b, a-cde, b.

(3-begin) a-cdef, b, a-cdef, b.

(3-end) a b a b.


All leading to the climax on the first two lines of the fourth stanza; both in rhyme, force of argument, and reversal of the stressed syllables.


(4-begin) a-cde, b-f, b-f, a-cde.

(4-end) a-c, a-c, b-de, b-de.


As the argument refutes and qualifies the notion that 'might is right'.


The original line 14 in 1999,

Treason's his who's Might, suppress good reason.

Was changed in 2005 to

Treason's his who's Might, denies good reason.


Where the transitive verb, 'suppress', (used to preserve the rhythm, where 'suppresses' would better serve

its meaning) may be mistaken with the meaning of the combination 'might suppress' were a reader

to accidentally overlook strong emphasis on the possessive use of 'who's Might', and a listener pick up only the

phonetics of 'who might suppress.'




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