It’s a sad, sad time when you can literally swim
From Dover to France, quicker than you can go
On the ferries and trains. It’s a sad time
When you can’t get cucumbers, or tomatoes
And the pills you take to stay alive.
It’s a sad, sad time when funding stops
And our neighbours turn their backs.
But what can you really expect
When you voted for your country back?
Back from who? We’re not quite sure –
But I really hope you enjoy your queue.
We are having awful queues going into Dover to get across to France on the ferries and trains and you have to question whether or not it is mostly down to the fact that we all need to have our passport stamped now.
I’m a ‘Remainer’, and yes, I will forever be a bit salty about the fact that we have left the EU, but I think that a lot of people didn’t do their homework and look at what leaving actually entailed.
Over the past few years we have been out of certain vegetables that are grown in Europe, we have had drug shortages and we are massively understaffed in some of the most important roles that keep the country running – NHS staff and lorry drivers to name a few.
I just hope that all the people who wanted their country back from those awful foreigners are having fun in the queues. It is a sad time, indeed, when it takes fourteen hours to get through to France on the ferry and I can swim it in twelve!
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I’ve been reading about all of the complications that have happened since Brexit, Rachel. It’s not for me to comment on, not being UK, but I can imagine the frustration when all you want is some tomatoes, or when you need certain medicine, or… I don’t envy you and I hope the whole situation is resolved.
Oh, it’s been a nightmare. And it’s made the country so divided. It was all a big mistake to even have the referendum.
This is a powerful poem and narrative. I’d think I’d be a Remainer, too. We are experiencing shortages as well–in food, too, and in our case there is a healthcare staffing shortage. And everything’s much more expensive in the name of the pandemic and Russia’s war, though I think the first consequence is, as usual, corporate greed. Should we decide these crises are over, let’s see if all the prices, starting with gasoline and utilities, go back down. Ain’t our governments grand?
Oh, and you have swum the channel, which continues keenly to impress.
I am just full of surprises!