The following manuscript has recently come to light, perhaps written by an acolyte of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
In London did Sadiq Khan
A stately Transport Strategy decree:
Where the Thames, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and tower blocks girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many a conker tree;
And here were roads ancient as the Romans,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down among the City streets!
A savage place! As Mammon rampaged free
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By women wailing for West End shopping!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Fifty miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through East End industry and London’s suburbs,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a polluted North Sea;
And ’mid this tumult Sadiq heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying air pollution doom!
The shadow of the dome of the GLA
Located nigh the sacred river;
Where was heard the mingled pleas
From politicians left and right.
It was a miracle of rare device,
An un-costed Transport Strategy at the behest of Sadiq!
A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an East European maid
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Street Mayfair.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ’twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build anew that dome,
Upon a new democratic model!
With freedom to ride the roads at will,
And all should cry, Beware the wrath of Khan!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.
The Alliance of British Drivers’ comments on Sadiq Khan’s London Transport Strategy are present here: http://www.freedomfordrivers.org/against-mts.htm . Please register your opposition.
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