POETRY FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
AND WE KNOW IT
By Josie Whitehead
We’re British, and we know it.
We’re surrounded by the sea.
We start our day each morning
With our morning cup of tea.
Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding
Go hand in hand, of course.
Apple pies or rhubarb crumble –
Not without the custard sauce!
We’re British and we know it,
And our countryside’s a dream -
And you'll find some English tearooms
Serving scones with jam and cream.
The tinkle of the china cups -
But allow the tea to brew -
Or to mash the tea for some folk –
Well, it just depends on you.
We’re British and we know it -
And our history goes way back -
And we fight to keep our islands
When our enemies attack!
We love our country villages
And cricket on the green,
And the pride in British gardens
Is something to be seen.
You can say that you are British
If you love your fish and chips.
British men don’t show emotions –
They just keep stiff upper lips.
To jump the queue is something
That you never, ever do!
It was bound to be the British
Who invented the first queue.
British men just love their football:
It’s then you’ll hear them shout.
They let off steam, they down their beer,
And stiff upper lips are out.
They support their teams most strongly
And, if it’s a winning side,
You’ll see that they are British
As they wave their flags with pride.
British folk are known by everyone
To be tolerant and fair
But they’ll quickly rise in combat,
So you foreigners, take care!!
The British pint is known to all
And cricket on the green.
It’s Britain where I'm growing old - - -
With grace - just like our Queen!
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