Life in London during these last couple of weeks has been interesting to say the least. As small as the British Isles may be, we sure have caused ripples all the way across the pond.

England of old is gone

Twasn’t myne fault good sir!

Where is the democracy that we keep hearing about? Regardless of whether people voted leave or remain, nobody is happy as the politicians pass the turd sandwich around the table and starve us of a decision. Meanwhile us little people are worried about our jobs, homes and even whether our fellow EU friends can even stay in the country. The atmosphere on the streets is tense. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.

What can a poet do at a time like this? Well, I did my part as a British citizen by voting and can say that I have a clear conscience. And, as a true believer in democracy I respect that others in this country may feel differently to me. Ordinary folk fight and the country turns a blind eye. Yet the bigwigs that run a country fight about money and power and – lo and behold – war is declared. And who loses out? The peasants, of course. But we peasants can do our part to make a difference in the (anxiety) society that we have chosen to live in. We have the power to protest!

What would Socrates do?

Hemlock anyone?

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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