Thatcher’s War

thus it went
from pit to pit
man to man
Britain’s scar
from Thatcher’s war
on working men.
her ideology feast,
from most to least,
from working mines
to unemployment lines.

in Orgreave’s fields
her army of blue,
morality askew,
none too brutal to suit up
and stick in the boot,
but “in the name of law”,
sent to subtend
working men,
fighting to defend
family and friend,
Community too,
from Thatcher’s war
on the working class.

the quiet pithead
silently mourning
lost men,
old men,
languorous towns,
and remaindered coal.


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