Similarities and differences

Whilst the outcome of the Brexit refendum left me paralysed for 7 months the announcement of a snap election on 8th June makes me feel like a coiled up spring. Since I made the decision to apply for British citizenship to be able to have a vote I have been on quite a roller-coaster ride; feeling positive with a hope of empowerment, then frustrated about having to provide evidence of my knowledge of this country- a knowledge that often is not present in people who have lived here all their life and are British citizens by birth. I have filled in forms and passed the ‘Life in the UK test’ and have just started to feel slightly calmer again because I have been able to make an appointment with the Nationality checking service. These appointments are quite rare to come by and the appointment i was given was three weeks hence. I am unsure whether only very few appointments are given out or if there is a big rush on them. Anyway there I was feeling quite calm as surely the next election was about two years or so away ans surely by then my quest would be resolved. Imagine how I felt when the snap election was announced- in seven weeks. I will not be able to vote. I do not think this will put me into paralysis again- but how will I be able to uncoil that wound up spring inside me? I am wondering how many European citizens who could not vote in the Brexit referendum will be able to vote in this general election. I regret a bit that I did not start my journey to citizenship sooner- but maybe thinking that my vote would make a difference is wishful thinking? I do hope there will be a big turn out and not voting malaise.

 

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Waiting For all who ask Am I British at last I have to declare I’m not yet there The next challenge is What gets me in a tizz I have to wait To get phoned with a date To submit My application for citizenship The test is passed It was a blast What makes me feel bleak Is how to prove that I can speak Without having to sit another test- I think my English is the best Or maybe just quite good Anyway I am not in the mood It is the language I dream And the one I use to scream When I shed a tear Or contemplate in fear If I could To the Home Office speak I would To make them confess They need people like me in the NHS When things were rough And there were not enough Doctors and nurses around From Europe they were found Please let me stay My English is okay I have done as you asked And seriously completed the task I would li

Waiting

For all who ask

Am I British at last

I have to declare

I’m not yet there

The next challenge is

What gets me in a tizz

I have to wait

To get phoned with a date

To submit

My application for citizenship

The test is passed

It was a blast

What makes me feel bleak

Is how to prove that I can speak

Without having to sit another test-

I think my English is the best

Or maybe just quite good

Anyway I am not in the mood

It is the language I dream

And the one I use to scream

When I shed a tear

Or contemplate in fear

If I could

To the Home Office speak I would

To make them confess

They need people like me in the NHS

When things were rough

And there were not enough

Doctors and nurses around

From Europe they were found

Please let me stay

My English is okay

I have done as you asked

And seriously completed the task

I would like this process to be completed

At the citizenship ceremony be seated

Until I know if I have been successful

My life will continue to be quite stressful

 

 

Waiting

For all who ask

Am I British at last

I have to declare

I’m not yet there

The next challenge is

What gets me in a tizz

I have to wait

To get phoned with a date

To submit

My application for citizenship

The test is passed

It was a blast

What makes me feel bleak

Is how to prove that I can speak

Without having to sit another test-

I think my English is the best

Or maybe just quite good

Anyway I am not in the mood

It is the language I dream

And the one I use to scream

When I shed a tear

Or contemplate in fear

If I could

To the Home Office speak I would

To make them confess

They need people like me in the NHS

When things were rough

And there were not enough

Doctors and nurses around

From Europe they were found

Please let me stay

My English is okay

I have done as you asked

And seriously completed the task

I would like this process to be completed

At the citizenship ceremony be seated

Until I know if I have been successful

My life will continue to be quite stressful

 

 

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I am

Sitting and being

Breathe in slowly

and out

The sun is shining

A gentle breeze sways the trampoline net

The fridge gurgles and hums

I am

Drive over slowly

To a friends house

Tractor on churned up soil

Diffuse light coming down from the sky

Walk up to the folly

Coconut smell of gorse

Hoof marks by the new bench

A robin collects matter for a nest

Chirping on an Ash tree

a hare scampers across the path

Green leaves bursting out buds

Beech tree shadows falling in the stream

Breathe in slowly and out

The sun is shining

I am

 

 

 

 

The big lie

Cast your eyes back

A couple of weeks

Of getting my residency I delightedly speak

The document I had so much sought

Turns out to be somewhat of a fraught

Sit yourself down and

Hear the tale

Considering it

Makes me go quite pale

To register for the ‘Life in the UK test’

You have to prove your ID-

A passport being the best

You then need to use the same ID-slip

To send away for your citizenship

So there I thought I was being clever

And using my residency document

Would be better

I can hang on to my passport

If I want to fly from an airport

I made a query

The amount of emails that were sent

Made both sides quite weary

They advised me to use my passport as the document

I chose to comply

Even if it was not quite obvious why

Imagine yesterday my surprise

I found out

And now I am wise

There was this young man

from the EU

He had come to Glasgow

To sit the test too

He had registered with the much coveted document

And thought it for the best

Only to be told

He could not sit the test

The shiny blue document was obsolete

(at least for the test)

Because it did not have an expiry date

That made me think

And I overheard

The valid one is pink

So what is the blue card we got sent?

To make us think

Forever life in Britain we could spend?

A card that looks official

But is not beneficial

It makes me feel quite sick

It is a rather nasty trick

Is it thought to placate

So that we would quietly vacate?

That the government can claim

To have reached their immigration reduction aim?

I hope that you dare

To press the button to share (the blog)

As probably all of you have on your sofa

Friends and family who were born in Europa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test

I went through to Glasgow

I went on the train

I had lots of notes

More revision again

I did get there early and sat on a bench

With my blue and white jumper

I looked rather French

I gave up my Fitbit and gave up my watch

To show I had not written

Inside the catch

Had my glasses inspected and the back of my neck

They were very thorough

What did I expect?

After doing the sample

I started for real

Much to my relief

It was not such a big deal

There was Charles the second

Who hid in an oak and

The battle of Waterloo did not

involve a soak

Get to know your neighbour

And I forgot the rest

24 questions

Get 18 right and you pass the test

I kept ticking the boxes and

knew I was in with a shout when

It took me 10 minutes to get in and out

Am back on the train home

And feeling the best

In case you are wondering

I did pass the test

They asked only little

I knew so much more

They would not at the end

Even give me my score

I got a red stamp

On my piece of paper

This is the one

I will present later

To get a decision on my British vision

To get the important note

Which will allow me to vote

 

Test Angst

Apparently the questions of the real test are not the same

as the sample ones- what a shame

So a quick sleep to an early rise

To dig deep

And get more wise

In learning I have got quite proficient

My sleep however not so efficient

My head is never quite free

As I wake up each night at three

So far i have learnt a lot

But I do feel I am losing the plot

Some beautiful words

swing around in my head like swords

Epitaph- a phrase inscripted on a tomb stone

Cenotaph- a monument to warriors who are not buried near home

Was it in January Henry VIII died?

Let there be an end soon to my plight

Why can’t i prove my commitment by writing an essay?

Will I go casual or a bit dressy?

What will it be like?

I check on the map

It’s a bit of a hike

Will I get in a flap

to the test centre?

Will I get searched as I enter?

Will it be like a real exam?

Will they make sure

I have not written on my arm?

Two days left

to read the book again

To squeeve some more facts into my brain

I feel rather weepy

Or maybe just sleepy

It’s soon half past four

Time to give it a snore