State Shoots Liberty

Just as a golem wrecks at its own pace
And self-indulgent power learns to thrive;
There, at ground level Mercy yearns
To drive Humanity upon a wheel of Grace
And Tyranny’s obsessions to displace unto
Eternity. From lack derives a paranoia
Willed; Fear kept alive by misery as great
As ever faced. Swap Honour for dogmatic
Spin as slick as oil. Give us your lies, your
Metaphors; your huddled, clichéd, empty
Rhetoric; the grasping garbage of your
scheming jaws. Bring on the vague but
Weighted, wordsome tricks, and skim
The Truth beyond the darkened shore.


Inspired by ‘The New Colossus’ by American poet Emma Lazarus (1849–87), a sonnet written in 1883. “In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty

Notional Anthem

Begging your indulgence…

Notional Anthem

By powerful decrees
And quickening degrees
We lose our rights.
Let them not us suppress
Our freedom to express
Deep joy or great distress
With all your might.

Authorities extol
Behavioural control
Order maintained.
May we be all and each
Less censoring of speech
To your own morals reach
“Let freedom reign”.

Preserve autonomy
In thought and word and deed
Most consciously.
The balance is immense
The right to take offence
Is all our consequence
For sovereignty.

Let them not us frustrate
How we communicate
Our hopes and fears.
Do not let them confound
Let not our Will be bound
But stand and fight our ground
Amongst our peers.

Let them not us restrain
From venting all our pain
With righteous spite.
To ridicule and laugh
At all we view as daft
And so respect the craft
Of searing light.

All nations of these Isles
Expose established guile
And raze its dross.
Send us victorious
O’er those who shackle us
Manipulation crush
On Freedom’s cross.



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