Ten Years After Thatcher

Remember it like yesterday,
The grocer's girl who beat the grocer:
The fine-spun hair, the urge to pray -

And closer,
That gimlet eye, the cutpurse lip,
An aldermanic burst of laughter,

Her wire basket at her hip
And after
This, a quartered century,

Her firm look here, as we were spaniel
Puppies learning, at her knee,
Her manual.

How far from there to where we live:
New Labour, New Conservative.

 

From Make Mine A Double

In 2004, it was the tenth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's fall.