Over 400 poets contributed 800 poems to celebrate Liverpool's 800th year. You can read them all here, just click anywhere on the picture of the Liver Building. Alternatively, you can select poems from a list
St. George's Hall
The cenotaph mourns the fallen dead who sleep in perfect bas-relief.
The young men who died in the wars look down in silent disbelief.
The stone lions lay sphinx-like, guarding the city’s colonial past.
The Odessa steps lead up to the great hall, open to the public at last.
The Parthenon pillars stand, upholding the building and the status quo.
The people are allowed a glimpse of the wealth most will never know.
The Law Courts where the Judges condemned the paupers to live or die.
The cotton merchants danced in marble halls and never did ask ‘Why?’
The equestrian Queen and her consort cavort unseen when darkness falls.
The Generals and the politicians rally the troops whenever duty calls.
The candlelight vigil held on the plateau for the city’s favourite son.
The one who sang about peace and love that died by an assassin’s gun.
The film crews re-create the century for the gentry and the meritocracy.
The actors mingle with the extras in a local parody of real democracy.
The flag of Saint George is raised and flies proudly in the April rains.
The Dragon Lady has been slain but her bitter legacy still remains.
The patriot game is played again and again as the nation unites in grief.
The seasons come and go as Mother Nature spins her recurring leitmotif.
The gardens behind the hall where the birds try to turn over a new leaf. The bronze angels keep watch as the homeless sleep in twisted bas-relief.
To we tried to get poem800 published in book form but with 800 poems we couldn't find a publisher, also it was too expensive for us to print ourselves via vanity press so we regret that we have been unable to get it published. But we decided to leave it published on the internet i.e. running with a random poem every day (at our expense) and if anyone has any ideas on how to publish please get in touch.
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