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Bards in white flannels

Here’s to those postcolonial Bards in white flannels

wielding the willow like their consonants and vowels,

spicing the English tongue with bouncing syncopation

reversing the swing of adverbs into wayward verbs.

 

Well-groomed in the ways of glorious uncertainty,

see how they stride the turf of Empire’s legacy

raising their bats to the protocol of the Canon

while hooking beyond the boundary any loose noun.

 

They’ve learnt from pitches that syntax too can crack.

The thing is to keep the wicket of the soul intact,

not flashing at tempting black and white slogans,

not letting history’s wounds halt the harvest of runs

 

but acknowledging the heart’s global pavilion,

rejoicing at the crease in commonwealth communion.


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