History Poems

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History – it’s what seperates us from the dinosaurs. Here are my takes on the past from the comfort of the present – catch them now before they’re repeated. It’s also a place to park my poems on politics, because nothing ages quicker than current affairs.

Adventures in Phantom Time


Ancient & Modern

Armistice Sunday Blues

Aves Republica

Backwards Flags


Blown on the Windrush

Bottom of the Barrel




Con Spiracy

The Corkscrew of History


Crew of the Revolution

Decline & Fall

The Deep State of Fear

Democracy in Action


The Engineers’ Plot

Every Winner gets a Free Shave


Fresh Pantoums, Only a Shilling !


Golden Ages Last For Ages

The Good Life

The Green Tree Anthem

Harvest Song



Hounslow Fast & Hounslow Slow

The Hustings Shuffle

I Am the Artifact

The Inertia of Tradition

Insults are Written by the Winners

James Somersett



Licence to Crenellate

Mate in One

Month of Fertility

Mortal Remains

Musings on the Nature of Hadrian’s Wall

Mutiny on the Waves

New Year’s Day

No Man’s Pie is Freed from his Ambitious Finger

The Noble Art of Treachery

Nous Sommes Charlie

Of Lost & Found Cities

The Only Poll That Matters

The Peasants are Revolting

A point is all that you can score


A Public Service Announcement

Put out to Pasture

The Queen of the Cockles

Queen of the Silk Road

A Recipe for Iron Gall Ink


Royal Peculiar

Rue Britannia

Salient Thoughts

The Sheriff of Chelsea


The Star-Spangled Manna

To Niccolò

To the Future British Republic


Transatlantic Cable 1 – The Wake

Transatlantic Cable 2 – Emigrants’ Song

Transatlantic Cable 3 – Slow News Days

Transatlantic Cable 4 – The Visionary

Transatlantic Cable 5 – The Senator’s Speech

Transatlantic Cable 6 – The Engineer

Transatlantic Cable 7 – The Businessmen

Transatlantic Cable 8 – Crafting the Cable

Transatlantic Cable 9 – Gutta-Percha

Transatlantic Cable 10 – Laying the Line

Transatlantic Cable 11 – Hooking the Cable

Transatlantic Cable 12 – The Messages

Transatlantic Cable 13 – The Future

Us Too

Value Added Tax

Via Metallum


White Rose, Red Leicester

Winning the Defeat

Your False True-Colours

Y2 A-Okay