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THE BARREL ORGAN PLAYED

He took the book down from its shelf,
The page was one-o-three,
The barrel organ in the street,
Its air was ‘What’s to be?’
The poet turned a page or two,
His eye fell on the scene,
Such mourning brought the land to grieve,
The cortège brought their Queen.
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The poet turned another leaf,
He wept at what he saw;
The page was 1914,
And the story told of war.
Europe’s youth like wheat they fell,
Scythed and reaped for what,
That blood be turned to rich man’s gold,
And I’ll forget-them-not.
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The poet thought to close the book,
He trembled then he sighed,
Perhaps he knew that times had changed,
That truth had also died.
Sad the bard resumed to read,
Where now his world would go;
He turned the page but knew at heart,
He’d see more tears flow.
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The poet turned to time and place,
The barrel organ played,
Again the air, ‘What is to be?’
And once more mothers prayed;
The sheep are shorn, the wolves set free,
How soon the bullet flies,
Boys will sleep in homes of clay,
They’re buried under lies.
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Article, History, Poetry

IT WAS CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE WORKHOUSE

It is said that the power of the pen is mightier than the sword and it is true. John Barleycorn, the Jack London novel, had a remarkable effect on prohibition when between 1920 and 1933 the consumption of alcohol in the United States was illegal.

The poem, if, penned by Rudyard Kipling’s (1865 – 1936) was framed and placed in the hallways of most British homes. The war poetry of Wilfred Owen brought to the hearths of homes the horrors of what Field-Marshall Lord Allenby described as ‘alengthy period of general insanity’.

A contender for the post powerful ballad of all time was It Was Christmas Day in the Workhouse. Penned by journalist George R. Sims and published in 1877, the monologue sold over 100,000 copies within 12 months.

A critique of the dreadful conditions endured by the poor condemned to servitude in the workhouses of Britain and Ireland, it brought into stark relief a misery equalled only by the Soviet Gulag system.

With its 21 x 8 line verses the monologue is far too big to be printed here. It is easy enough to Google but I warn you to have a box of Kleenex to hand.

Sims, a campaigning journalist of the old school, focused on the dirt-poor lives of East Londoners. No doubt, he inspired Jack London as the American novelist followed up with The People of the Abyss.

Great Britain at the time commanded an Empire unequalled since that of the Roman Empire. But, the peoples of its towns and cities were prematurely reaped by poverty, disease, and death.

When Jack London visited London in 1902, nine-years before my mother was born, the shock of the experience never left him. His friend, Upton Sinclair, reported that for years afterwards, the recollections of this stunted and deprived population haunted him beyond all peace.’

London declared, “No other book of mine took so much of my young heart and tears as that study of the economic degradation of the poor.”

Every stanza of Sims monologue brings a tear as does this heartbreaker:

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“I came to the parish craving

Bread for a starving wife,

Bread for the woman who loved me

Through fifty years of life,

And what do you think they told me,

Mocking my awful grief,

That ‘the House’ was open to us,

But they wouldn’t give out relief.

 

Can your pen provide an eager world with enough insight to change the world?  If you think it could contact Michael Walsh, ghost-writer and author. He can help you to bring your story up to publishing standards; even publish your book for you.

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Article, History

THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF WOMAN

From ancient times, the rise and fall of landscapes and panoramas have enchanted man.  None captivated him as much as the rise and fall of woman’s flowing curves.  A restless man gazes deep into the heavens and he peers into the deepest oceans.  Yet, to truly lose himself all he need do is to gaze into the depths of a woman’s eyes.

Over two-millennium man has created and perfected thousands of different types of musical instruments. He has yet to create a single musical instrument to equal the charm of a woman’s melodic voice singing an aria or lullaby. If we were to remove the inspiration of woman that so readily stimulates art; poetry, literature, sculpture, music, then our art galleries, our libraries, and theatres would be eerily empty.

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Man is overawed by the greatness of nature yet never is he so spellbound as when witness to the process of reincarnation at the birthing bed. A glance through the history books is all that is necessary to suggest that power, not just behind the throne but on the throne, is the true manifestation of woman power.

England remembers its hapless and cruel kings yet the personification of Britain is the female Britannia, named after the Brettaniai tribes of those sceptre isles.  The English revere Boadicea (1st Century AD).  She was the only British leader to humble the Roman Empire.  Her French nemesis, Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431), before meeting her fiery fate, humbled the vainglorious English.

England’s monarchy stretches back over a millennium yet the two monarchs that immediately spring to mind are Queen Elizabeth 1 (1533 – 1603) and Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901).  Arguably, the first was the genesis of the British Empire; the reign of Elizabeth 1 certainly elevated England for the first time to world power status.

During the reign of Queen Victoria, Britain, that before her reign was no more significant than that of competing continental powers France and Spain, became the world’s greatest empire?  Queen Victoria was crowned Empress of India, the only such title bestowed upon an English head of state. Taking one country in isolation hardly makes a point.

Russia’s Peter the Great is revered but Catherine the Great (1729 – 1796) more so.  Catherine’s ambitions Westernised and modernised Russia.  During the reign of Catherine, the Great Russia became the only country whose the frontiers spanned three continents; Europe, Asia, and America.

Spain, Europe’s most machismo nation, was finally unified and the Moors 700 year occupancy brought to an end by Spain’s one notable monarch, Queen Isabella l (1451 – 1504).

During the reign of Isabella Spain achieved world power status to rival that of England. The Spanish monarch sponsored Christopher Columbus, who, whilst not necessarily discovering America, certainly founded it.

The enormous 800-year power of the Austro-Hungarian Hapsburg Empire, Europe’s longest lasting dynasty, was consolidated by Maria Theresa of Austria (1717 – 1780).

Mankind’s odyssey has been lantern lit by women, not all of them monarchs.  The roll call of world-shaping women is impressive; Cleopatra, Helen of Troy.  In all fields of activity, whilst women don’t dominate in numbers they do take the podium of bringing about great change, mostly for the good.

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Article, History, Poetry

SANTA AMAZON TO THE RESCUE

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Here are a few suggestions bound to put a smile on the faces of family and friends. All books are superbly bound and enriched with beautiful full-colour illustrations. 

ROMANTIC POETRY OF MICHAEL WALSH

Michael Walsh’s reputation is worldwide and favourably commented on by tens of thousands of poetry lovers.

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IMMORTAL BELOVED. Michael Walsh.

WHISPERING HOPE. Michael Walsh.

WINE THOUGHTS. Michael Walsh.

A SYMPHONY OF VERSE. Michael Walsh. 

HEART TO HEART POETRY. Michael Walsh. Volume I 

HEART TO HEART POETRY. Michael Walsh. Volume II 

HEART TO HEART POETRY. Michael Walsh. Volume III 

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EUROPE ARISE Cause and Activist’s Solution. Michael Walsh.

THE ESSENCE OF IRELAND

Michael Walsh’s affinity with Ireland will enrich and inspire you.

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FORTY SHADES OF VERSE. Michael Walsh. (Irish Poetry) 

ANTI-WAR, PEACE ON EARTH

If your heart melts at the sacrifices of the victims of wars this beautifully illustrated poetry collection is for you.

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FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK. Michael Walsh. (Anti-War Poetry) 

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ALL I ASK IS A TALL SHIP. Michael Walsh. A Liverpool Sailor’s Odyssey.

CRIME FICTION AND REAL LIFE

Michael Walsh gifted journalist and award-winning writer, his vigilante and crime spree books are bound to please.

A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL Revenge of a Predator. Vigilante similar to Death Wish. Michael Walsh.

TONY MULDOON. The Dream Snatcher. Michael Walsh. Exposé of Spain’s most notorious British confidence trickster. 

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RECOMMENDED GOOD READS

Michael Walsh is the only Euro Weekly News Group writer to receive from the entire editorial board the Writer of the Year cup.

THE FIFTH COLUMN VOLUMES I and II

Each week 550,000 readers enjoyed access to the pithy stories and articles penned by Michael Walsh.

THE FIFTH COLUMN Volume I. Michael Walsh. Chronicle of media stories that earned Michael Walsh the coveted Writer of the Year award.

THE FIFTH COLUMN Volume II.  Michael Walsh. Chronicle of media stories that enriched the lives of 550,000 media readers each week.

BUSINESS ~ THE BEST ADVICE EVER

Michael Walsh from 1988 to 2008 was the Guild of Master Craftsman’s most successful business executive. The Business Booster offers sound business advice to businesses regardless of type or size.

 THE BUSINESS BOOSTER. Michael Walsh.  Marketing and business tactics to make your business profitable. 

REAL HISTORY

Are you fed up with fake news and history? Brace yourself for real history that will change completely your worldview.

CONFLICT AND GLOBAL TERROR

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TROTSKY’S WHITE NEGROES. The Censored Holocausts, Michael Walsh.

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MEGACAUST: ‘Death by Government’ The Guilty Ones ~ The hidden holocausts. Michael Walsh. During the last 100 years Capitalist and Communist regimes, often collaborating, have been responsible for nearly 200 million dead.

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WITNESS TO HISTORY Volume I. Adolf Hitler’s Reich Odyssey. Mike Walsh.

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WITNESS TO HISTORY Volume III. Catastrophe. Mike Walsh.

WITNESS TO HISTORY Volume IV. The death of a Nation. Mike Walsh.

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(WITNESS TO HISTORY SPANISH EDITION) Michael Walsh.

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THE DARK CONTINENT

Michael Walsh visited and worked with the peoples of North, East, South and West Africa for years. No one is better placed than this scintillating writer to tell you the truth about conflicts media is strangely quiet about.

EUROPEAN AFRICA. WAR AND CONFLICT. BUSH WAR.

AFRICA’S KILLING FIELDS. Victims of the Liberal-Left, Michael Walsh.

AFRICA’S KILLING FIELDS.  Victims of the Liberal-Left, Michael Walsh. Kindle Edition

RHODESIA’S DEATH EUROPE’S FUNERAL. Britain declares war on Britain. Michael Walsh.

THE LAST GLADIATORS Fiancés of Death. Africa’s mercenaries, their deeds, deaths, and destinies. Michael Walsh.

A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL Revenge of a Predator. Vigilante similar to Death Wish. Michael Walsh.

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Article, Music, Poetry

IMAGINATION vs. REALITY

“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not. But a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.” ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

There is a man who should know for Mozart was an avid traveller. In this one respect, I am in perfect harmony with Europe’s most famous musician. As a youngster, I gazed across the sea’s horizon. As I whiled away an hour or so I allowed my imagination to let me see things I hoped to one day experience.

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Later, whilst in pursuit of my dreams, I was fortunate enough to make friends in the cantinas of Latin America and knock ‘em back in Melbourne.

As my feet went forward they took me to the admittedly seedy bars scattered along Durban’s waterfront. With a shudder, I recall an occasion when I was nearly ‘run over’ by a barge towing a crane in a Middle Eastern harbour.

My longing to travel remains but my means to do so has left me in its wake. It did occur to me that I could live the good life by offering to be a European aide of an African despot. But, such men can be as temperamental as an opera diva.

Having dropped anchor in Mediterranean Spain I now find myself back to where it all started. These days, as I saunter along our sun-kissed beaches, I still gaze out to sea. But, instead of dreaming I reminisce and to be honest both are to be recommended.

We really don’t take imagination and dreaming seriously enough. Most people settle for less by enduring a rather vapid reality. In my view, the ability to close one’s eyes and daydream is an opportunity to live the life you wish for rather than the existence you have been burdened with.

Your reality sees me stretched out on my patio’s recliner. Look instead inside my head and you will see the reason for my whimsical smile. Inside my sub-consciousness, I relish life on the sundeck of an ocean liner. As I breathe in the briny aromas of the ocean I listen to travelling companions enjoying the pool. Touchingly, beside me relaxes the companion of my dreams.

Do feel free to enjoy your reality by all means but excuse me whilst I close my eyes and live what is to me the alternative reality. “Illusion is the first of all pleasures.” ~ Oscar Wilde.

Article

CRASH AND CRÈCHE

FOR a variety of reasons many men live solitary lives.

Perhaps they are widowed or a relationship has crashed. Without a partner, girlfriend or wife, many are the problems encountered. Only when single do you realise that the entire world is tailored to meet the needs of people in relationships.

Apart from a miserable Christmas Day spent on my own my most poignant experience of isolation was during a visit to a busy Costa del Sol resort.

On a business trip and left to my own devices, I didn’t relish dining alone in the hotel’s dining room. Having it in mind to discover a cozy little restaurant where I might find a corner table, I dressed for dinner then foolishly I ventured out.

Restaurant staff was serving packed tables. Had there been a spare table I would have been shooed away. The last thing a busy restaurateur needs is Billy no Mates hogging a table for four.

Everywhere I wandered there were couples, families, friends, and lovers enjoying each other’s company which rubbed salt deeper into my bleeding wounds of loneliness. The only thing one notices in a busy resort is a man sat on his own.

Men do like to take themselves off for a beer but there are few sights more poignant that a man holding up the bar on his own. It’s a man thing; women are mutually supportive and will be happy to talk the sister-sun up. We men aren’t like that. The sight of a bloke on his own sends out a warning signal that he has baggage.

Yet, I recall that some of my happiest evenings were spent in the mess or recreation room. As a serviceman, I often preferred my own company. The difference was the company was all male. Some chatted quietly together; others read, played cards or darts, sat alone or wrote letters. But, in such surroundings one never felt alone or isolated; quite the opposite.

Might I suggest a solution to any bar or restaurant that finds it difficult to fill tables on certain nights. Set one evening aside each week as a men-only occasion. A few newspapers, a bookcase, and a pool table are fine. A place to sit with one’s laptop would be good, and why not a dart board, a few card games, dominoes.

If one’s publicity makes it clear that single men are especially welcome I anticipate considerable interest. I am sure the interest would be added by the bank to the takings on each occasion a Men Only night is held.

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