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Steve Parkes A new poem on the Scottish referendum (36) A new poem on the Scottish referendum 19 Sep 14

... by the other Scottish poet

The Great Referendum of 2014

On the eighteenth day of September, Two Thousand and Fourteen,
The People of Scotland, including Children of sixteen and seventeen,
Arose as one man, with many sighs,
And made their way to their polling stations to exercise their Franchise
By voting upon the Question, Should Scotland be an Independent Nation?
Which caused many people to scratch their heads in Consternation.

In the year of Sixteen Hundred and Five,
When Good Queen Bess was no longer alive,
She named her royal Cousin James VI of Scotland
As Successor to the Throne of England;
But it was not until the Act of Union of Seventeen Hundred and Seven
That we had a United Kingdom, which some say was not a match made in Heaven;

So that many rebellious Scots would be cruelly crushed
By General Wade, who like a Torrent rushed
To hush Jacobite sedition,
Which in Scotland is a somewhat long-standing tradition.
And now the Scottish people have been asked to choose
Whether to say, "Roll over, Flora MacDonald, and tell Britannia the news."

And the Caledonians have concluded their Plebiscite,
Be they Canny Scot or Blatherskite;
And the People of the United Kingdom know that the country North of the Border
Has said "Nay" to changing the Established Order,
In the year Two Thousand and Fourteen on September the eighteenth day,
Which will be remembered for a very long time, as many people do say.

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