Poetry Tuesday: Gaffer Speaks

Ghulam-Reza Ruhani, early 20th century Persia

I remember despotic times
those days were good, everything cheap;
life was slow, uninterfered with,
bread, farthing a loaf,
and butter, fourpence a pound.
It was quiet and carefree
on hearts in disarray,
with only a single robber in the land,
and he a king.

But now, in every hamlet, borough-council,
Chamber of Deputies and Senate House,
thieves are all called:
Milord and Your Honor!

Those were the days of liberty,
under despotism we were free.


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