During the slot, I announced a competition to win a signed copy of Neither Here Nor There. Contestants had to write a short piece that had some connection with Jerusalem.
Now I can announce the winner, who is…
Here is her entry:
Oh please don’t sing Jerusalem
While puffing out your chest
You don’t care about that place
Cos England is the best.
You make me sick when singing of
Our “green and pleasant land”
Not caring for a second
Of a city in the sand.
While you are belting out the song
The folks out there are dying
But if you shed a little tear,
It’s for patriotism you’re crying
No it was not “builded” here
Your grammar causes guilt
It was in the Middle East
Jerusalem was built.
So think when singing, or abstain
Please, my friend, you choose
But think, if you are singing
Of Arabs and of Jews.
Isn’t that lovely? Thank you, Ailsa!