The Liar's Plight.

The tenements shrieked
The streets gave way
Old Glasgow looked
In disarray
Cars were stopped
Roads were closed
A standstill! Gazes,
People froze.
And then they came
Not one or two
But a hundred thousand
In a sea of blue
The people gasped
Some shed a tear
As the sight of hope
Came conquering fear.
The diners' faces
Glued to glass
Some scratched their head
Some scratched their arse,
Windows, doors
Flung open wide
Smiles they beamed
And tears they dried
They felt our pride
For they were us
Their shivers ran
But stood robust,
Plain and honest
Scots to greet
Their kinfolk marching
Down our street
They waved to us
With smiling face
And cast the torrent
From this place
The sun shone bright
In every heart
Of every Scot
Who played their part
Now tell me
There's no appetite
And I'll show you
The liar's plight.

Paul Colvin.

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