Referendum Poem

Referendum poem

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” (attributed to Winston Churchill)

Sunday – a rainy day in late June,2016.



The dust is settling,

the leaflets, posters, social media messages, badges

are tumbling forlorn, misspent

nose diving through the ether and the recycling bins.

A nation where a joyful, 52 per cent,

celebrate the gift, apparently,

heaven sent.

(Though there’s future hell to be raised,

in Parliament).




This referendum now

as ever they were

an unwieldy hammer

to the half split nail

of popular thought

and the nation’s been sold

a blunt and dulling, instrument.




” the people spoke”

(though with only half a voice,

and, a quarter besides,


no choice).

If you happen to have

your preference


you can “like it or lump it”.

For this outcome,

the, all too slight majority,

must decide.


Depending where, you placed your cross,

join in with,

or tolerate, the triumphant grins,

(though it is hard to joke,

when your breakfast vote

has caused you to choke).

Is there scope to placate?

Or simply the case :

“Get on with it”

“Get over it”

Live with the loss.



Now we all, must wait and see,

the outcome of this heavy handed

dose of democracy.

Yes, perhaps some sovereignty will be restored

European laws – as with some people –

are out,

excluded and forlorn,

can be tossed


“We’ve got our country back”.

Village greens can echo to cricket and cream teas,

warm beer, good cheer, the gentle buzzing of the soporific bees.

Markets can crash, governments fall,

who knows, perhaps,

we’ve instigated the collapse of the European Wall.

And we needn’t worry

about the Great Divide,

the angry voice,

of youth, denied.

And, who needs the Union?

Let it fall to its knees.

For we’ve smashed the bureaucrats

stuffed the fat cats

given the politicians a bloody nose


” It’ll all work out well”

(Nervously spoken, whisper it)

” We suppose? ”



The Leave campaigners, must now

for all of us

do the very best they can.

And we have to be sure

(for these are “conviction politicians”)

that they wouldn’t have got us into

this, “short term” mess,

without a very substantial Plan?



The lines in the sand are drawn

new flags unfurled.

I’ll sit and await

(Europe, still born)

the arrival of this

Brave New World.


Marc Mordey 26 6 16




Undaunted Humankind Kabul, Afghanistan, March, 2016

I love this mans work – there’s poetry in photography too. Hope you enjoy.

Remembered Hills

I don’t recall having been asked to write a poem for a specific occasion before (I did once get asked to read my poetry at a wedding, in what turned out to have been the erstwhile home of Tennyson..I remember thinking that he must have been spinning in his grave!!) – so it was both honouring ,and daunting, to be asked to write for the wedding of two friends. They gave me some key words and I gave them this poem. I hope they like it. And I hope they enjoy long life and great happiness….

Remembered Hills – for Christine and Peter, on your wedding day, 2nd June 2016.

Remembering when,

the hills above Black Patch farm

bore witness to our- breath taking – change of heart.

Dancing beneath the moon

smiling serenely above,

wine swung whirls, tenacious twirls,


‘if music be the food of love:

Play on!’

The snowdrops saw love take hold,

and bluebells nodded sagely in fields,

bounded by lakes,

as we fell forward to one another.

The sea sweetly sighed and sang for us as

we wandered together

beached, sand dusted, hand held to each,

the other, entrusted.

Old Harry Rocks gazed upon

as benignly cliff side gulls

wheeled and whirled apparently,

altogether well disposed as ,

word finely, precise, perceptive

you proposed – and I accepted.



Lake District


magical places sacred spaces.


Here and now we do avow,

remembered hills our testimony,

be still.

Then sing; for love does indeed,

change everything.

Marc Mordey – an absent friend, but with you in spirit. MAY 2016.