Friday, 8 May 2015

For Tony Benn - Julian Dobson

It's not your pipe or plummy voice
nor your posh-boy turned working class
mutation that I celebrate.

Nor is it the way you glowed
with anti-nuclear fervour
when others bunkered down.

It is the way you drove
a straight line to the truth
wherever you could see it

and refused to step aside
from consequences
that left you stranded at the roadside:

and the more the shiny people sneered
at this curio from another age
the more it dawned on us you were a prophet.

Julian Dobson (20th century) England

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