9 April 2013 Congee: Ode

Congee

Congee (good texture, solid and filling). Othello Act 2 as part of the Edward G. Nilges Grand High Shakespeare Reread. Here, Michael Cassio gets drunk on Iago’s incitement and is cashiered by Othello, making him and Roderigo both fools and victims of Iago. Iago, who has no need anymore for Roderigo, disposes of him at the end of the act.

An Ode Upon the Death of Baroness Thatcher, by Edward G. Nilges

In nineteen twenty five, her Mum hatched her
Baroness Mad Meg Thatcher
For her nation she was a disaster
But did that ever faze her?

Most historians do concur
That she was on the skids in eighty-two
Ready for the boot be given her
But soft…who are those soldiers who
March shambolic into Stanley
The cannon fodder of Galtieri
Who sends ’em with a sneer
Whilst we all consult a gazetteer?

I say, old chap, where ARE these Falkland Islands, these Malvinas, these Malouines? Aha, here they are…good God old fellow…they are certainly remote lands, worth not the bones of a Pomeranian Grenadier, much less a British.

It was with a sneer the lady took shameless vantage
Of Galtieri’s stupidity
Many soldiers had to die
But psychopaths never count the damage.

Well, the rest was history
Victory
In the Falklands triggered a low dishonest decade.
I was there, wandering in the tawdry jingo shopping arcade
Britain had become.
The loud, the brassy and the shameless
Replaced the quiet voices in the pub
Of city clerks and miners, toffs and ordinary men.
They lost their jobs and their sons, no prospects in the North,
Came South to work at jobs they scarce understood
Spending their rage beating Spaniards in France.

And did those feet in ancient time?

In nineteen twenty five, her Mum hatched her
Baroness Mad Meg Thatcher
For her nation she was a disaster
But did that ever faze her?

Tawdry jingo she lived
Tawdry jingo she dies
Tawdry jingo she lies.

Copyright (C) 2013 by Edward G. Nilges

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