So long ago, so near at hand,
such is our English past.
Something in our make up
makes us conspire to deny
our great achievements
hidden from our eye.
And when Hengist came to Ebbsfleet
whether asked or on daring raid,
he set in motion a dogged force
yet to be fully appraised
or to run its full course
© copyright David Francis Barker 2011
Merely to encapsulate my feelings about being English in the 21st century. We are a tolerant nation, we have a culture with a long history but our democratic rights are being denied.