Is there anything glorious about August the twelfth? When people privileged with exceptional wealth Think it their right, to blast the sky And the birds that fly, ne'er so high.
Is there dignity to the flurry that follows? To be first delivering corpses to fellows And consorts, dining in fair London town On the shot blasted flesh, fallen down ...
To British soil, the land of the free! So free, to be trapped in iniquity, In pursuit of what some think to be glorious But surely Blake's heaven would be furious.
David Applin 2018
Written on 12th June 2018 in anticipation of the opening of the grouse shooting season August 12th/13th ...August 13th because August 12th 2018 falls on a Sunday and as far as I am aware shooting grouse (game) on Sundays is illegal in England and Wales.